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Foods To Avoid in November

This time of year is marked by much celebration.  On November 8th a new president is elected.  November 24th is Thanksgiving Day.  November 11th we honor our Veterans.  November 17th is National UnFriend Day (NUD).  In case you don’t know what NUD is, it is an unofficial holiday designed to promote unfriending other Facebook users that are not true friends.  All of these dates, except maybe November 17th, will involve some sort of celebratory food and drinks.  Before partaking, you should be informed about what these things you are consuming are doing to your teeth.

First of all, do fill your plate at your Thanksgiving feast.  Fill half of the plate with vegetables and leave the other half for your protein and starch.  The vegetables will fill you up, are more nutrient rich, and typically they are lower in calories (although not always).  After filling up on the good stuff, it’s usually time for dessert and drinks.  Choose desserts low in sugar for dental health.  Sugars play a harmful role in tooth decay.  The bacteria that form together to become plaque use sugar as a form of energy.  They multiply faster, and the plaque grows in size and thickness.  Some of the bacteria make sugar turn sticky and it sticks to the tooth surface.  So, say, “Yes please” to fruits and low sugar pumpkin desserts.  Say, “No thank you” to food and drinks such as:

  • Pies
  • Puddings
  • Candy Corn
  • Cookies
  • Cakes
  • Muffins
  • Candied Sweet Potatoes
  • Apple Cider
  • Wine

At Amber Hills Dental we want you to have a wonderful time celebrating with your family and friends.  While this list seems rigid, use it as a guideline.  It’s ok to consume some of these foods and drinks, but moderation is always key to dental health.  Don’t forget to brush more frequently.  We’d like to let you know that we are thankful for all of our patients.

Posted on behalf of Amber Hills Dental