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October 15, 2020

Tempting Goodies to Avoid for Healthy Teeth

The holidays are here with Halloween just a couple of weeks away. Whether people celebrate All Hallows Eve or not it is subconsciously the beginning of the season where buffet tables are the focal point at every party.

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With the holidays come scrumptious edible goodies that most of you would leave alone except during this time of the year. Dr. David Schaefer recommends keeping these treats to a minimum, or avoid them all together if you can. Tasty treats can cause serious problems for teeth. The last thing you want is to spend the rest of the party at the dentist’s office in Independence because of a broken restoration.

Foods to Avoid for Healthy Teeth

Below is a list of foods that your Independence Dentists recommends avoiding.

Hard Chewy Candy Not Good for Healthy Teeth

All candy wrecks havoc on teeth. From the one innocent peppermint, stick that can break a crown to the chewy caramel that can pull out a filling, both hard and sticky candy should be avoided at all costs. Think of how many times you have bitten down on a butterscotch only to worry about the consequences.

Sticky candy like saltwater taffy gets stuck in between your teeth and on the cracks and crevices of your teeth. If you must indulge, rinse with water after enjoying.

Bread Cake Cookies and Crackers

All of the above foods are in abundance on the buffet table. From delicious cheese and fruit cakes to soft and chewy peanut butter cookies starchy foods are tough to get rid of. Not only do they stick on your teeth, but they also convert to enamel eroding acids that cause tooth decay.

Dr. Schaefer recommends skipping starchy foods or eat as part of a meal to lessen the consequences. You may love your Mothers date nut bread and homemade peanut brittle, but are they really worth a trip to the dentist’s office in Independence?

Energy Drinks Bad for Healthy Teeth

Everyone knows that one person who consumes sports and energy drinks on a daily basis. Sadly, that person probably doesn’t know how bad these types of drinks are for teeth.

Loaded with sugar and carbonation energy and sports drinks eat away the enamel on your teeth making them more susceptible to tooth decay. Drink a glass of water at the party and mix your libations with something more tooth friendly.

This holiday season watch what you eat and drink and don’t forget to get a clean bill of health from your Independence dentist. Call for a dental checkup in Independence today.

December 15, 2017

Your Teeth and Gums Don’t Have to Pay the Price

Keeping your teeth and gums healthy during the holidays can be tough, but it doesn’t have to be. You can prevent an emergency dental visit if you follow these tips from Dr. David Schaefer.

Below are a few things you should stay away from during the holidays to keep your teeth and gums safe.

Stay away from Hard Candy

Keep the canes on the tree and the hard butterscotch candies on the shelf at the store. Hard candies are a double-edged sword as they are loaded with sugar, which erodes the enamel on your teeth, and they can break or crack a tooth if you bite down.

Gummy Bears and Sticky Candy

Gummy bears, licorice, saltwater taffy and any other sticky candy can pull out your fillings and wreck havoc for dental sealants. According to Dr. Schaefer, sticky candy is also hard to remove and can stay in the fissures and grooves at the back of your teeth.

Pies, Cookies and Cakes Oh My!

Your Great Aunt Martha’s pecan pie may be as delicious as your own sugar cookies, but those delicious treats can cause problems for your teeth and gums. If you must indulge rinse after as starchy foods can get caught in the grooves and fissure at the back of your teeth. Add sugar to the mix and your teeth will suffer for it.

Dried Fruit

That yummy dried fruit platter that arrives at your front door every year can cause issues with your teeth. Sticky figs, dates, and apricots are loaded with sugar, and just like gummy bears can stay on your teeth, even after brushing.

You don’t have to schedule an emergency dental visit with Dr. Schaefer if you watch what you eat and see your dentist twice a year.

Schedule your bi-annual dental appointment with Dr. David Schaefer today.

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