The holidays are all about spending time with family and friends, and of course eating. Food might be an integral part of celebrations, but if you have dental restorations such as implants or dentures, there are certain traditional treats you might want to watch out for. Although they’re delicious, they can present risks when it comes to keeping dental restorations in good shape for the long haul. If you’ve invested in dentures or implants, you likely want to get the most out of your investment, and your Yuba City dentist shares a list of the foods and treats you will want to be mindful of over the holidays.
Holiday Foods to Watch Out For With Dental Restorations
Whether your restorations are removeable like dentures, or permanent like dental implants, there are certain goodies that are more commonly consumed around the holidays that you should be more careful of when consuming them:
- Sticky foods: Pies, candy, decorative cookies, and hundreds of other desserts galore are probably treats you see around your home frequently during the holiday season. If you do decide to indulge, proceed with caution. These sticky substances can cling to restorations and cause difficulty chewing, which could ultimately lead to displacement.
- Hard nuts or snack mixes: Many families like to keep bowls of nuts or tasty snack mixes sitting around for company to munch on throughout the holidays or during parties. However, with dentures and implants, the force that you have to use on your teeth to bite down on these can put you at risk of damaging the implant fixtures or dentures.
- Popcorn: Between games, movies, TV, and decorating, popcorn is very often a snack of choice. It might be a more friendly option for your waistline, but smaller un-popped kernels can end up in your mouth and cause dental restorations to crack or break when bitten down on.
- Tough meat:Like sticky foods, tough meats require excess force when chewing. If your family likes to consume tougher meats over the holidays, try to cut it into smaller pieces to make it easier to chew. If there are softer options available, it’s always good to choose those.
If you have dentures or implants, it doesn’t mean that you have to miss out on the delicious foods and treats that your family and friends will be enjoying together this holiday season. Just make sure to be mindful of what you choose to consume so that you can be sure to keep your dental restorations in good condition and enjoy the best quality of life possible.
About the Author
Dr. Ajaipal Singh Sekhon has been leading the team of experts at his private practice in Yuba City for 12 years. He loves giving his patients the gift of a better quality of life through dental restorations. It is also his priority to ensure that he provides them with the tools and education they need to make the most of their investments. Years of experience give him the ability to provide the highest quality of care. Are your dental restorations in the best condition they can be in? Schedule a consultation online or call (530) 822-9090.