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Before you chomp down on your favorite Christmas foods, it’s important to remember what foods are bad for your teeth while which ones are good for your smile. To help you identify these foods and protect your smile this Christmas holiday, we have provided the following lists:

The Best Foods

· Gingerbread: Gingerbread is the best option when it comes to the many types of holiday loaves of bread available this Christmas. There are zucchini, banana, and many others, but gingerbread is the best for your smile. Gingerbread does not have all of the sugar other loaves of bread have and it is no less delicious, which makes it the healthiest choice possible.
· Turkey: Turkey is full of nutrients, like phosphorus, that promotes strong and durable teeth. This meat is also very healthy and lean, which is why it is the best option for your smile as well as your entire body.
· Nuts: Even though nuts tend to chip your teeth at times, they are very beneficial for your oral health. Almonds, walnuts, and cashews contain a multitude of vitamins and nutrients that keep your teeth strong. They also promote saliva, which is an oral liquid that washes the mouth and neutralizes corrosive acids in your oral cavity.

The Worst Foods

· Sweets: Sweets are very harmful to your smile, which shouldn’t be a huge surprise to you. However, we’re not asking you to sacrifice your Christmas treats this year; we’re asking you to avoid the hard, sticky candies, drink plenty of water, and brush and floss your teeth as much as possible. If you do not, the candy will cling to your smile and create painful and inconvenient tooth decay.
· Citrus fruits: Citrus fruits, like oranges and tangerines, can be found in your Christmas stockings. These are great treats that balance out all of the sugary treats you consume. However, if you eat too many of them and if you are not careful, the acid contained in the fruit can erode your tooth enamel over time, creating tooth decay and other dental issues.
· Wine: Wine is a celebratory drink that tends to discolor and stain the teeth. It also dries out the mouth and allows stains from other foods and drinks to penetrate more deeply into your smile. So, if you wish for bright, brilliant teeth this Christmas, avoid drinking wine.

So, now that you know the best and worst Christmas foods for your smile, you have the tools you need to protect and care for your smile. If you have any questions or if you would like to know more, please feel free to call Jackson Dental today at 810-667-3535 and talk to our wonderful dental team. Dr. Thomas Jackson also has additional tips that can help you throughout this holiday season. So, call our office now!