December 5, 2021
December is here, and that means it’s finally the most wonderful time of the year! One of the best parts of the holidays is eating the special festive treats that everyone loves. If you have dentures, you will want to be extra careful around some of the most common holiday foods. Keep reading to find out what they are and how you can protect your smile without crashing your festive mood.
Are you a fan of candy canes and peppermints? These red-and-white candies abound this time of year, but chomping down on one can put even the strongest teeth at risk of breaking. If you have dentures, you may want to be extra careful – biting with too much force can be a risk for implants, which may shift.
Feel free to enjoy a hand candy every now and then, but try to keep it in moderation. And, when you do indulge, certainly avoid biting down.
You will want to steer clear of peanut, pecan, almond, and other baked nut brittles for the same reason as hard candies. They’re called “brittles” for a reason. People with dentures should definitely beware of the extra-hard confection, as it can easily break, crack, or chip the prosthetic teeth. It’s best to avoid nut brittles altogether.
Even though dentures aren’t made of tooth enamel, you don’t have a license to eat all the sugary treats you want. Sugar leads to bacteria buildup that can bring on gum disease, which can cause your dentures to lose their fit or result in failed dental implants.
Take care around that plate of festive sprinkled cookies. You don’t have to say no entirely, but try not to overindulge in cakes, cookies, and other sweets. Make sure to clean your denture and any remaining natural teeth afterward.
Smile-Friendly Holiday Foods
Don’t despair – there are still a number of favorite holiday foods that you can enjoy with abandon this time of year! In general, if something isn’t super hard and is light on added sugar, it isn’t a threat to your denture and oral health.
Some of these items include:
- Turkey and ham: High in protein and important minerals for bone health!
- Mashed potatoes or sweet potatoes: Soft and tasty, with plenty of fiber to help keep you feeling full – so it’ll be easier to turn down the risky treats later.
- Vegetable side dishes: Vegetables are good any time of year, but especially now – fresh vegetables stimulate saliva production to help wash away any bacteria buildup.
Now that you know a little more about how your holiday menu can impact your smile, you can head into the December party season prepared to protect your denture.
Meet the Dentist
Dr. Katie Montgomery of Montgomery Family Dental is dedicated to helping patients achieve healthy, complete smiles. She received her dental degree from The Ohio State University College of Dentistry and is currently a member of the American Dental Association and the Ohio Dental Association. To learn more about how to protect your dentures and partials or to schedule a consultation for the same, contact Dr. Montgomery by phone at (580) 536-3313.
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