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Thanksgiving is almost here. So, why not prepare a Thanksgiving meal that doesn’t have negative oral effects on your smile? Many people do not know that there are many foods that can damage your teeth and oral health. That is why it’s important to understand what foods are best to avoid while striving for oral health. These foods include:

•Citrus foods: Citrus foods create a high amount of acid in your mouth, which can eat away your tooth enamel and increase tooth decay over time.
•Sticky foods: Sticky foods are extremely dangerous to your teeth because the sugar stays on your teeth, which gives the sugar a higher chance at eating away your teeth.
•Sodas and sports drinks: In sodas and sports drinks alike, sugar is a top ingredient. Sugar will quickly decay your teeth. The constant exposure to the sugar in your drinks is extremely unhealthy to your smile.
•Hard candy: Hard candy keeps the sugar in your mouth and close to your teeth. The constant sugar in your teeth can cause cavities.
•Ice: Chewing ice is hard on your teeth’s enamel. The ice can break the outer layer of the tooth away, which can cause your tooth to break or chip.

Keeping your smile healthy takes more than regular dental habits such as flossing, brushing, and attending your regular dental visits. It also takes proper diet and nutrition to keep your smile healthy and white. If you have questions about your oral needs please contact your dentist today. Let us give you a healthy smile you can be thankful for this holiday season.