By Dr. Richard Rowan
November 08, 2013
Category: Dental Procedures
Circle your Thanksgiving and Christmas dates on your calendar because they will be here before you know it. You get excited for holiday parties and feasts, but it’s important to be careful because holiday food can make it difficult to care for your orthodontia equipment.
It’s this time of year when people dive into the holiday food without a second thought. However, avoid certain treats such as nuts, caramel apples and candy canes.
Nuts – Almonds, peanuts and pecans are the three major nuts found in holiday foods, such as peanut brittle, pecan pie and brownies. They are hard, and you might accidentally bend or break your brackets or wire.
- Caramel apples – Big, red apples are juicy and crisp, but this fruit puts a lot of pressure on your teeth when you bite into it. The biggest culprits are the caramel apples and chopped nuts. The sticky and hard food particles get stuck between braces, so it’s difficult to remove food residue. If you don’t remove all food particles, you run the risk of developing plaque buildup.
- Candy canes – They practically scream Christmas, so it’s tempting to nibble on one, but that is the problem. People are too tempted to bite and chew this red and white treat. Chewing on candy canes breaks the candy into sharper pieces, which can damage braces or cut gums. Plus, candy canes are pure sugar and vinegar, and vinegar is a natural acid. Snacking on candy canes allows for the acid and sugar to demineralize enamel, so prolonged consumption can cause tooth decay to occur.
If you got Invisalign in Merced, it may be easier to eat some of these treats, but you still need to be careful with excessive intake of sugary and acidic food. If you accidentally bend or break a bracket on your braces, Merced and Mariposa orthodontist, Dr. Richard Rowan, can help repair and realign little mishaps.
If you travel for the holidays, remember to have your toothbrush and other cleaning tools on hand, so you lessen the chances of developing cavities.
Here at Dr. Rowan’s offices, we wish you happy and safe holiday!