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If you want the best and healthiest smile possible this Christmas, it’s time to start thinking about the different types of foods you eat during the holidays. Whether you believe it or not, there are holiday foods that are both good and bad for your smile, and it’s very important that you identify these foods and do everything you can to care for your pearly whites. To help you identify the foods, we are happy to list them by category right here on this blog!

The Best Foods

· Gingerbread: Gingerbread is a great treat to snack on this Christmas, especially because it does not contain the significant amount of sugar most other Christmas breads do. Even though it does not contain the same amount of sugar, it is no less delicious.
· Turkey: Turkey is lean and healthy, and it is full of beneficial nutrients, like phosphorus, that promote strong and healthy teeth.
· Nuts: Nuts also contain beneficial nutrients and vitamins, like magnesium, iron, and calcium. These compounds work together to help you have strong teeth. Nuts also help produce additional saliva, which is beneficial because the liquid washes the bacteria from your smile and it also neutralizes corrosive acids in your mouth.

The Worst Foods

· Sweets: It’s no surprise that sweets are harmful to your smile, especially hard and sticky sweets. We’re not asking you to sacrifice your Christmas treats this year, but we are, however, asking you to avoid the hard, sticky treats, drink plenty of water, and clean your smile as much as you can.
· Citrus Foods: Citrus foods tend to erode the tooth enamel, so we ask that you eat oranges, tangerines, and other citrus foods in moderation. This is indeed a healthier option compared to Christmas treats, but we recommend that you are as careful as possible when consuming the food.
· Wine: Wine, both red and white, tend to dry out the mouth, stain your teeth, and make your teeth feel sticky. They also contain erosive acids that allow stains from other foods and drinks to penetrate into your smile more deeply. So, if you’re interested in having a beautiful, white smile this Christmas, avoid the wine.

For more oral health and Christmas food details, call 770-536-8868 now and talk to our wonderful Huthwaite & Huthwaite, D.M.D., PC team. We also encourage you to schedule an appointment with Dr. Lance W. Huthwaite if you are currently a victim of tooth decay or gum disease or if you want to simply get your teeth checked. We look forward to helping you!