Holiday eating is starting, so here’s some “food for thought” about minimizing the number of cavities you get, especially when dealing with braces. According to the website EmpowHer, foods that tend to cause tooth decay (from the combination of acids – the by-product of starches and sugars – bacteria, food debris and saliva) include:
- Fast foods & unhealthy snacks (from general lack of vitamins)
- Carbonated sodas (from the artificial flavorings and colors)
- Lemon juice
- Cough syrups and lozenges in excess
- Cookies, donuts and pastries
The solution? As per common sense, moderation in how much you eat of these foods or ingredients, and lots and lots of brushing afterward! Plus it always helps as a minimum to drink water after eating, too.
Happy Thanksgiving – stuffing, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, green-bean casserole, yams and pumpkin pie all work quite well for braces wearers; just cut the turkey into small bites.