You either love it or hate it – eggnog. Unfortunately, your teeth don’t like it. So, thankfully, it only comes around once a year.
Eggnog is full of sugar, fat, cholesterol and carbs. Although it does have some protein, it’s not significant enough to call it a “healthy” drink. You’d have to work extra hard at the gym to burn off the calories from one cup.
Eggnog is bad for your teeth because of the sugar. Compare it to drinking a can of soda, same effects. Eggnog is thick and coats your teeth after you drank it. If you decide to drink it at holiday parties, limit your portions and have a cup of water sitting nearby.
- Drink a sugar and alcohol-free alternative.
- Alternate sips of eggnog with water (like we mentioned before).
- Drink eggnog with a meal and not by itself. Eating helps wash away the sugar off your teeth.
- After drinking eggnog, brush your teeth or carry some sugar free gum.
Eggs & Your Teeth
Eating foods rich in vitamin D help you absorb the calcium that your teeth need.
- Calcium. First, low-fat or fat-free dairy products such as milk, cheese, and plain yogurt contain calcium. Other good sources of calcium are green leafy vegetables, which deliver a healthy boost of vitamin C, too.
- Vitamin D. Second, egg yolks, mushrooms, and most fish contain vitamin D you need to help build and maintain healthy teeth.
- Vitamin C. Third, red peppers and sweet potatoes can provide vitamin C for healthy gums.
- Crunches. Finally, crunchy fruits and vegetables help wipe away plaque-causing bacteria on your teeth.
Keep Your Teeth Clean
Brush your teeth twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste that incorporates both calcium and phosphate. If you need additional tips on how to add more calcium to your diet, contact Dr. Nick’s WHITE & healthy Dentistry. We would be happy to assist you in your dental and overall health!