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Did you know that there are Christmas foods that are both good and bad for your smile? Well, it’s true, and it’s very important that you identify these foods and do everything you can to care for your smile. The foods we suggest you look out for include:

The Best Foods

· Gingerbread: Gingerbread is the best option when it comes to the many types of holiday breads available this Christmas. There are zucchini breads, banana breads, and many others, but gingerbread is the best for your smile. Gingerbread does not have all of the sugar other breads have and it is no less delicious, which makes it the healthiest choice possible.
· Turkey: Turkey is full of nutrients, like phosphorus, that promote strong and durable teeth. This meat is also very healthy and lean, which is why it is the best option for your smile as well as your entire body.
· Nuts: Even though nuts tend to chip your teeth at times, they are very beneficial for your oral health. Almonds, walnuts, and cashews contain a multitude of vitamins and nutrients that keep your teeth strong. They also promote saliva, which is an oral liquid that washes the mouth and neutralizes corrosive acids in your oral cavity.

The Worst Foods

· Sweets: As you may already know, sweets are very harmful for your smile, especially hard and sticky sweets. These treats can cling to your smile and remain in your mouth much longer than traditional candy will. This will promote tooth decay and can severely harm your smile. We’re not asking you to sacrifice your Christmas treats this year—we’re just asking you to avoid hard, sticky treats as well as drink plenty of water and brush and floss your smile as soon as you can.
· Citrus fruits: Citrus fruits are very acidic, which is why they are extremely dangerous for your smile. These acids tend to erode your tooth enamel over time and encourage tooth decay as well as other dental issues. So, please do your best to eat these foods in moderation.
· Wine: Wine is not necessarily a food or one that is harmful to your smile. However, it does severely stain your teeth, whether it’s red or white wine, and it also dries out your mouth. If you want a white and healthy smile this holiday, it’s best to avoid drinking wine.

If you eat the beneficial foods for your smile and avoid the harmful and dangerous foods, you will be on the right track toward a strong and healthy smile this Christmas. We care for you and your smile and we are happy to help you in any way we can. So, if you have any questions or if you would like to talk to Dr. Eric Eusebio about your concerns, please call Smiles of East Lake at 619.482.1962 today!