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New Year’s Celebrations: Good and Bad Foods for Your Teeth

December 28, 2022
Posted By: Dr. Anthony Bartels
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This new year, there may be celebrations with yummy foods and drinks. It’s okay to celebrate but take precautions to keep your teeth and gums healthy.

In other words, if you indulge in sweets and treats, be sure to brush and floss. This is also an excellent time to book your next checkup and teeth cleaning with our dentist in Jonesboro, AR.

Healthy Foods and Drinks for Your Smile

Nuts and Berries

Crunchy nuts are great for your teeth because they contain iron, magnesium, and calcium. Your teeth need these elements to maintain their strength and health. In addition, strawberries help clear plaque from the teeth.

Low Fat Dairy

Cheese and yogurt are fantastic alternatives to cake and candy. Dairy is high in calcium, which benefits your teeth and bones.


Fruit juice and soda are acidic and high in sugar. Instead of punch and soft drinks, try drinking water. It not only hydrates your mouth, but it can also rinse away debris.

Foods and Drinks to Avoid for a Healthy Smile

Sweet and Acidic Drinks

We recommend cutting down on soda, fruit juice, and even eggnog. If you celebrate this New Year’s Day, try water or rinse your mouth after indulging in sugary beverages.

Candy vs. Veggies

If there’s a veggie tray beside the candy dish, go for the veggies!

Your Healthy SmileBowl and plate of vegetables

If you celebrate and enjoy the holiday foods and drinks, brush and floss after eating. Typically, we recommend brushing and flossing twice daily, but you should add another session if you’re celebrating with treats that are not good for your teeth.

Make sure you don’t forget to schedule your next checkup and teeth cleaning here in Jonesboro, AR as well!

Contact Your Jonesboro, AR Dentist

If you have questions about your oral health or are ready to schedule a dental appointment with the dentist, contact a helpful team member today.

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