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Don’t Let These Popular Holiday Foods Damage Your Smile

November 14, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — secondlinefamilydentistry @ 3:52 am

Two glasses of eggnog on a wooden tableThe holidays are here! As you shop for the best gifts or spend time with friends and family, you probably don’t expect the festivities to come back to haunt your smile. The holidays are full of delicious foods and drinks that will tempt your taste buds. Unfortunately, many of your favorites may damage your smile. You don’t want to hear any bad news the next time you see your dentist. Here’s a list of the most popular foods to avoid.


Who doesn’t love stuffing with their turkey? Although it is an amazing side dish, it’s made of starches, which have the same cavity-causing effects as sugar. Starches and sugar combine with bacteria and create an acidic plaque that can erode your enamel. Once your enamel is gone, it won’t grow back. If you can’t resist a spoonful or two of stuffing, drink plenty of water with your meal to rinse food residue from your teeth.


Eggnog is a sweet holiday treat that is loaded with sugar. If you enjoy a cup of eggnog after dinner, choose one that’s sugar-free.

Cranberry Sauce

Cranberry sauce can be found on many dinner tables across the nation. Not only does it contain a lot of sugar, but its dark color can also stain your teeth. It’s better to have fresh cranberries and rinse your mouth with water after you’ve finished.

Red Wine

A glass of red wine goes along great with holiday meals, but it’s a recipe for disaster for your dental health. The dark pigments can stain your teeth. No amount of brushing will reverse tooth stains.

The alcohol in red wine also causes dehydration, which will lead to a dry mouth. If your mouth isn’t moist, it’s the perfect environment for oral bacteria growth. Bad breath won’t be your only concern. A dry mouth increases your risk of cavities and gum disease. It’s best to drink water whenever possible.

Commit to a Healthy Holiday Smile

Besides being picky with the foods and drinks you consume, it’s time to step up your oral hygiene routine. Since you’ll be snacking more often, brush your teeth after every meal. Brush for at least 2 minutes using a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. Floss at least once a day to clean areas your toothbrush can’t reach.

Although life will be a little busier over the next few weeks, don’t forget to schedule your semi-annual cleaning and checkup. Your dentist will ensure your teeth and gums are healthy, so your smile looks its best. You can head into the new year with amazing oral health by giving your mouth a little extra attention during the holidays.

About Dr. Mayda Ferguson

Dr. Ferguson achieved her dental degree from the Louisiana State University of Dentistry and has regularly continued her training in the latest treatments and technologies. She strives to deliver high-quality dental care. She is a proud member of the American Dental Association and many other professional organizations. Request an appointment through her website or call (504) 322-7779.

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