One of the most important aesthetic attributes one can have is a sexy smile. Anyone who knows me know that I am obsessed – repeat – OBSESSED – with teeth. It’s the first thing I notice when meeting a new person and top on my short list of physical pluses when meeting a new man. If he doesn’t take care of his teeth – it’s a deal-breaker to me. And maintaining nice teeth is certainly first and foremost of importance in the professional world too.
That said: With all the holidays on the horizon, it’s time to check in with a real authority to get some simple tips on which foods to avoid protecting one’s pearly whites. You can start right at the Thanksgiving table – believe it or not – some of those trimmings can be torture to your teeth!
One example you might never have suspected are nuts (No, I’m not “nuts” either!) especially chestnuts, macadamia nuts and most nuts with shells. Surprised? Well, you can fall prey to chipping and fracturing teeth when biting into them. So, skip the nuts unless the shells are spared.
Alcoholic drinks are a serious culprit too. Even cider without “spiking” carries a high acidity level that can cause tooth decay, and when you add liqueurs, which are very high in sugars, you may very well be looking for trouble! So, go easy on the holiday cheer!
One of my favorites, cranberry sauce, is a cavity waiting to happen! It is full of sugar and other additives and tends to also stain the teeth. (No!) But if you sip it, you’re safe! 100- percent pure cranberry juice is beneficial to your smile. As with everything, your choice.
I love, love sweet potatoes in any form, but deep down I realize that candied carbs can mess up your mouth! Granted, a baked sweet potato in its natural skin – with no added butter or sugar – is a healthy choice, but you could always try another of my favorites as a substitute—butternut squash! It’s rich in vitamin A, potassium, and vitamin C —you can certainly have it all! Great skin and eyes, spot-on blood pressure and a stronger immune system.
So, if you keep to the regimen of brushing, flossing, and staying current with your dental visits – and really be vigilant about what you eat and drink during this holiday season, you can really come out ahead. From my house (and office) to yours -a very happy and healthy and glamorous Thanksgiving to all! 🦃🦃🦃🦃