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Christmas foods can destroy or help your smile, but how do you know which foods do what? Well, we are happy to help you identify those foods so you can do everything you can to protect your smile this holiday season.

The Best Foods

· Gingerbread: If you desire to eat one of the many delicious Christmas breads, your best choice is gingerbread. Gingerbread does not contain the significant amount of sugar other types of bread do and it tastes just as delicious. So, do your best to avoid the zucchini and banana breads and stick to gingerbread for now.
· Turkey: Turkey is a healthy and lean meat, so it is healthy for both your chompers and your entire body. Turkey is especially healthy for your teeth because it is full of nutrients, like phosphorus, that promote strong teeth.
· Nuts: Nuts, like almonds, walnuts, and cashews, are also very good for your teeth—just be careful not to chip your pearly whites while eating them. These nuts contain a multitude of healthy vitamins and nutrients that work together to keep your teeth healthy and strong. These vitamins and nutrients include magnesium, iron, and calcium. The nuts also promote saliva, which is very beneficial because the saliva constantly washes the mouth and it neutralizes corrosive acids.

The Worst Foods

· Sweets: It’s no surprise that sweets are extremely harmful to your smile, especially sticky sweets. However, it is OK to consume Christmas treats in moderation, just please try to avoid the sticky sweets and do your best to drink plenty of water and brush your teeth often.
· Citrus foods: Citrus foods, like oranges and tangerines, are extremely harmful for your smile because the acid they contain can erode your tooth enamel over time. Now, we know these fruits are commonly found in the Christmas stockings, which is fine, but you need to make sure that you take care of your teeth after you have eaten these acidic foods.
· Wine: Red and white wine both have erosive acids that allow stains from other foods and drinks to penetrate more deeply. These drinks also have tooth-discoloring pigments and they dry out the mouth and make the teeth sticky, which worsens the staining process. So, if you want a white, bright smile this Christmas, avoid the wine.

Caring and protecting your smile isn’t a difficult task. All you need to do is watch what you eat, clean your teeth regularly, and attend your dental appointments. If you do these things, you will be on the right track toward a healthy and strong Christmas! If you have any questions or if you would like to meet with Dr. Stephanie S. Karlin & Justin S. Petracek, please call Dakota Ridge Dental today by dialing 303.933.2420. Our caring dental team will be happy to help you in any way we can. We look forward to talking with you!