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With fall in full swing and the holidays upon us, it’s easy to get swept up in the festivities in celebration. To help you keep your smile safe this holiday season, we want to briefly review some of the foods that can harm your teeth. This will help you be prepared when you are faced with tables of goodies at parties or other social gatherings.

First on the list are empty calorie foods packed with sugar. Cake, candy, cookies, and muffins may be tasty, but they leave their mark on your smile. Beware of candies that are sticky or hard as they can wreak extra havoc on your pearly whites. Even snacks like chips are problematic because they offer zero nutrition and also have sugars, the kind that sticks to teeth and feeds your oral bacteria. When this happens, the bacteria produce acids that erode tooth enamel and cause decay.

But it’s not just food. Sugary drinks consumed throughout the day bathe your teeth in sugar that leads to decay. This includes soda, juice, lemonade, sweetened tea, and coffee.

Be wary of acidic foods as well. Tomatoes and citrus fruits are laden with acids that erode tooth enamel. The key to eating these is eating them with meals, instead of on their own. Eating dried fruit to provide nutrients is one thing, but they cling to teeth and produce plaque acids. If you can limit these or substitute fresh fruit your teeth are better off.

This holiday season, be mindful of what you put on your plate and in your mouth. And if you still haven’t taken advantage of your end-of-year dental insurance benefits, there is still time to have one of our dentists, Dr. Alison Scott Cuillier and Dr. Rhesa Bautista, clean your smile. Our Lasting Impressions Dental Group team in Houston, Texas is here to help you have a healthy smile all year round! Just call 713-528-0040 today.