4 Dentist-Approved Holiday Meals

December 7, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — drmedaugh @ 7:42 pm

Roasted turkey on holiday tableThe holidays wouldn’t be the same if not for many mouthwatering foods. Candy canes and sugar cookies can add inches to your waistline, but that’s not to only concern. Many popular holiday foods can be bad for your dental health. You don’t have to avoid family gatherings or seasonal get-togethers to keep your smile healthy. Here are a few dentist-approved holiday meals.

1. Turkey 

Whether baked, fried, or smoked, turkey is a staple of the season. It is a healthy option for the dinner table, but avoid stuffing and cranberry sauce that often go along with it. Sugars and starches feed cavity-causing bacteria that can erode your enamel. Instead, choose fresh cranberries and crisp vegetables.

2. Broccoli and Cheddar Soup

Soup is a warm treat on chilly winter days. Broccoli and cheddar soup is a great choice. Broccoli contains many nutrients that support a healthy mouth and body. Cheese contains calcium and phosphorus, which are important for healthy teeth and gums.

3. Veggie Trays

Chips, cookies, and other common appetizers can come back to haunt your dental health. You can avoid tooth decay by choosing fruit and veggie trays. They contain the nutrients you need to support your general well-being. Crisp fruits and vegetables also act as scrub brushes for your teeth to keep your mouth clean between brushing and flossing.

4. Chocolate

Pies, cookies, and candy are popular desserts during the holidays. It’s best to moderate your sugar consumption. If you can’t resist your sweet tooth, avoid any treats that are hard or require you to hold them in your mouth to dissolve. They bathe your teeth in sugar, eroding your enamel. Skip anything sticky because it can cling to your teeth. If you need something sweet, chocolate is preferred by dentists because it rinses from teeth easily, so it’s less likely to linger in your mouth. 

Besides watching what you eat, you can avoid bad news during your next dental checkup by committing to your oral hygiene. Brush your teeth at least twice daily for 2 minutes using a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. Brush after every meal if you’re snacking more often. Don’t forget to floss every day. 

You can keep your teeth and gums healthy during the holidays by giving your mouth the care it needs.

About Dr. Mark D. Medaugh

Dr. Medaugh earned his dental degree from the University of Pennsylvania and he has regularly continued his education in cosmetic and restorative dentistry to provide up-to-date services. He is a member of the American Dental Association and the Massachusetts Dental Association. Request an appointment through his website or call (413) 289-5113.

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