Holiday Food Choices and Oral Decay

Like many of you, the holidays are one of our favorite times of the year at Kowalski Dental Offices. However, we regularly see an increase in cavities developing around this season due to the surplus in sugary foods and alcohols that people eat during their festivities. To help you prevent oral decay and keep your teeth protected during the holidays, think about the following tips about which foods you can enjoy safely and which foods to eat a tiny bit less of.

The prime cause of oral decay is the overconsumption of sugary foods like candies, juices and some full-fat dairy products. To avoid dental breakdown, consider dodging these foods and opting for less-sugary options. For example, protein sources such as chicken, beef and fish are good for cleaning your teeth! (Be sure to floss afterward though!) Whole grains and low- or no-fat dairy products are also excellent ways to go. Vegetables, with very little or no dip, are probably the best choice of all. This season, skip the punch bowl for the cracker platter or the veggie tray and your teeth will be thankful.

You can reach the Kowalski Dental Offices staff at 262-781-5600 to set up your appointment at the Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin, practice of Dr. Kenneth Kowalski. We hope you have a very happy holiday!