Great Holiday Foods for Your Teeth

When you hear the jingles in the stores and see the decorations on your neighbor’s house, you know that the holiday season has arrived. Among other traditions, you can also expect food to play a big part of the holiday, whether it’s snacks for a party or a big family dinner. Unfortunately, a lot of traditional holiday food can be harmful to your teeth, from sticky candy canes to sugary, maybe alcoholic eggnog. Thankfully, there are also lots of seasonal dishes and treats that can keep your smile as healthy as ever.

You probably already have a sizable list of foods you know to be bad for your teeth: soda, coffee, and candy. However, what about the crackers you set out as hors d’oeuvres? Even without extra-sweet ingredients added in, bread and related snacks are full of carbohydrates – that is, sugar – and their crumbly, dissolvable nature means that these bacteria-feeding carbs get stuck to your teeth. Alcohol, not counting the sugar it is often made of or mixed with, will dry out your mouth; dry mouths are the perfect environment for bacteria. Even the cough drops you take for colds and the flu not only have sugar in them, but also expose you to that sugar over a long period of time. Cough syrup, despite having similar amounts of sugar in it, is quickly swallowed and doesn’t expose the teeth to that sugar too long. Simply put, too many holiday edibles encourage the decay of your teeth.

Not to worry! Lots of holiday foods diminish, if not reverse, the damage other foods can do. Two common party snacks, for example, are meat and cheese. The calcium and proteins provided by meat and cheese can actually strengthen your teeth and gums. Nuts, like meat, also provide your mouth with a burst of protein and saliva production that help defend your teeth from bacterial build-up. Instead of sweetened cranberry sauce in your dishes, try using fresh cranberries; they can interrupt the bonding process of the decadent bacteria. Though dried fruit is a bad idea, crunchy fruit and raw vegetables can help scrub plaque off of your teeth.

The holidays and their traditions are fast approaching. If you eat too much of the wrong kinds of traditional foods, or you find yourself chewing on that food for a long period of time, your teeth can suffer. However, holiday tradition have also given us a lot of food to protect and strengthen our teeth as well. So, when planning out the next holiday party or dinner, keep these foods in mind. They may just save your smile.


Win a FREE iPad Mini Contest Ends December 23rd

iPad Mini- new contest-j.c. duncan dds, fagd

Our contest will be coming to an end soon this month.  Just a friendly reminder if you haven’t already entered to win, you have 13 days remaining before we will be picking our winner.   Read below on how to enter our contest.

With the holidays quickly approaching, the office of J.C. Duncan DDS FAGD would like to keep the contest fun running for all our patients.  What better time of year to give-a-way a FREE iPad Mini?  The lucky winner will be picked just in time for the Christmas holiday.  We love running contest and keeping our patients involved.  We, at the office of J.C. Duncan DDS FAGD,  just want to make you smile.  :)

We want to keep the rules simple.  Beginning October 1st and ending December 23rd,  the office of J.C. Duncan DDS, FAGD, will enter each NEW person who LIKES our Facebook page and all our patients that keeps their scheduled appointments at our office.  On December 23rd, Dr. Duncan will dig into his bowl of entries and pick our lucky winner.  Already on Facebook?  That’s OK.  Just like any 3 post and we will enter you in!  It’s that simple.

How to Enter:

  1. Keep your scheduled appointments at our office between October 1st and December23rd.
  2. Like us on Facebook!
  3. Already LIKED our Page?  Like any three post on the page and get entered to win. 

Chocolate that is Good For Your Teeth on Valentines Day

Valentine’s Day Chocolates can actually be good for your teeth! Yes, you read that correctly — chocolate can prevent tooth decay. However, not every kind of chocolate is dental dynamite. The cocoa bean is what houses the good stuff — not the chocolate itself — so the closer the confection is to the bean, the better.

chocolate heart

Cocoa beans contain tannins, polyphenols and flavonoids, each of which is a type of strong antioxidant that benefits your mouth and teeth. Tannins are what give dark chocolate it’s slightly bitter taste and are responsible for the sweet’s dark pigments. More importantly, they help prevent cavities by inhibiting bacteria from sticking to your teeth. Polyphenols limit the effects of bacteria, meaning they work to neutralize the microorganisms that cause bad breath, prevent infections in your gums and battle tooth decay. Flavonoids work to slow tooth decay, among other things.

Of the three kinds of chocolate (dark chocolate, milk chocolate and white chocolate), dark chocolate is the least processed and closest to the cocoa bean, which makes it the healthiest option of the three. For best results, the chocolate should be around 70 percent cocoa.

Hershey’s Extra Dark Chocolate contains 60 percent cocoa, so it’s a pretty good choice, but Ghirardelli’s Twilight Delight is a better option at 72 percent. Other bars are even more beneficial, such as Ghirardelli’s Midnight Reverie and Lindt’s Cocoa Supreme Dark, which contain 86 and 90 percent cocoa, respectively.

You should be able to find tooth-friendly dark chocolate at your local grocery store, and many bars advertise their cocoa percentage clearly on the label. Also, in case you needed another perk, dark chocolate contains less sugar than other varieties, so it’s slightly better for your waistline, too.


J.C. Duncan Family Dentistry

103 Commerce Center Drive Suite 101

Huntersville, NC 28078 Phone: (704) 948-1300

National Children’s Dental Health Month

Each February, the American Dental Association (ADA) sponsors National Children’s Dental Health Month to raise awareness about the importance of oral health. NCDHM messages and materials have reached millions of people in communities across the country.


The 2013 NCDHM campaign brings together thousands of dedicated dental professionals, health care providers and others to promote the benefits of good oral health to children and adults, caregivers, teachers, and many others.

This year’s NCDHM campaign features the slogan “GET A GOLD MEDAL SMILE”.  The youth materials features the McGrinn Twins, Flossy and Buck along with their best friends and next-door neighbors Den and Gen Smiley, going for the gold to get a winning smile. The pre-teens/teens materials features kids going the distance for a gold medal smile.

get a gold medal smile

The NCDHM Program Planning Guide offers program coordinators, dental societies, teachers and parents resources to promote the benefits of good oral health to children. The guide includes easy-to-do activities, program planning timetable tips, a sample NCDHM proclamation, and much, much more.

Help your child develop good habits at an early age! Scheduling regular dental visits helps children get a good start on a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums.

Celebrate National Children’s Dental Health Month with us.  Make your child an appointment today:

J.C. Duncan Family Dentistry

103 Commerce Center Drive Suite 101

Huntersville, NC 28078 Phone: (704) 948-1300

Don’t let the Holidays Ruin Your Teeth

Who is looking forward to indulging on food and alcohol this weekend? We all over do it during the holiday season but unfortunately it can be dangerous on our teeth, especially acidic fruits, red wines, chocolate and coffee.

Below are a few suggestions and tips on foods that can help keep your smile healthy:

Cheese: It is rich in calcium, which promotes healthy teeth, and it also balances out the PH in your mouth which lessens the damaging effects of acidic fruits and drinks.

Nuts: Peanuts (unsalted if possible) contain calcium and vitamin D, both vital for oral health as well as your general health. Walnuts, which are often used in puddings and cakes, also contain zinc fibre, folic acid, iron, thiamine, magnesium, vitamin E & B6, potassium and zinc – which play an important role in keeping our teeth and gums healthy.

Broccoli: Broccoli and carrots in particular are great for your oral health as they contain vitamin A which help strengthens the tooth enamel.

Raw dippers: Crudités promote good oral health because, as they are eaten raw, they massage your gums, which encourage blood flow and cleans your teeth naturally.

Turkey: The humble turkey provides us with a great source of protein, which is rich in phosphorus. By eating plenty of protein you will help reduce tooth decay and keep your teeth strong and healthy.

Food and Drinks to Avoid:

Wine: We all love a glass of wine or two, but white wine can be very acidic and contribute to enamel erosion. Red wine can also increase the risk of staining, especially if you forget to brush your teeth.

Processed cereals: Breakfast may not be the most important meal when it comes to the festive season, but if you’re looking to grab something quick and easy to set you up for the day try to avoid processed cereals as you’ll be amazed at how much sugar they contain. Either clean your teeth before you eat or half an hour after, to avoid damaging your enamel.

Sweets, biscuits and cakes: Try to keep them to a minimum as sugars are a prime cause of dental decay.

Fizzy drinks: If you like a bit of fizz in your soft drinks or mixers why not opt for soda water. Fizzy drinks are loaded with sugar and even sugar-free or diet drinks are still acidic, which can cause tooth enamel to erode away. But, if you can’t resist them, use a straw as this will lessen direct contact with your teeth.

Schedule a cleaning after the holiday call:

JC Duncan Dental

103 Commerce Center Drive Suite 101
Huntersville, NC 28078 (704) 948-1300

Unique Dental Gift Ideas for Kids

Now that Thanksgiving is over, it’s time to Shop! For anyone who enjoys getting unique and thoughtful gifts, here’s a few that are good for the budget and your loved one’s oral health!

1. Bacon and frosting paste. Yum.



It’s very simple. The bacon toothpaste tastes like bacon, while the cupcake toothpaste tastes like frosting. It’s almost like having breakfast or dessert while you clean your teeth from eating breakfast or dessert. Whoa! With that sort of crazy thought, Bacon and Cupcake Toothpastes might very well destroy the fabric of time and space. Or they might just and clean your teeth. Either way, at least the Bacon and Cupcake Toothpastes with be tasty. YAY!

2.  Brush Buddies

Brush Buddies products were developed with a mindset to make brushing fun. Bruhbuddies Talking
Brush Buddies Talking is a line of educational talking timer toothbrushes inspired by both children and dentists.

Singing Justin Beiber Brushes

Talking animals

Lady Gaga


3. My Way!(R) Toothbrushes and Toothpaste

Fluride-Free Toothpaste

Introducing Orajel® Toddler MY WAY!® Fluoride-Free Training Toothpaste. You’ll like it because it’s fluoride-free and safe if swallowed. Plus, there are no artificial colors, dyes, and it is gluten and dairy free. Kids will like it because it comes with over 100 water-safe stickers that lets them decorate their toothpaste, their way!

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Boys & Girls Stickers

ARM & HAMMER® Spinbrush® My Way!® battery-powered toothbrushes come with 141 water-safe stickers for decorating fun that’s always worth smiling about! Now, kids can decorate their brush, their way!

Plus, kids brush 38% longer when using Spinbrush® battery-powered toothbrushes.*

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Enjoying Thanksgiving Dinner with Sensitive Teeth

Don’t let Sensitive teeth ruin your Thanksgiving dinner tomorrow!  It’s important to know why your teeth are sensitive and what types of foods to avoid (if possible – we know its hard!).

Sensitive teeth occur when the underlying layer of your teeth — the dentin — becomes exposed as a result of receding gum tissue (the protective blanket that covers the tooth roots). The roots, which are not covered by hard enamel, contain thousands of tiny tubules leading to the tooth’s nerve center (the pulp). These dentinal tubules (or channels) allow the stimuli — for example, the hot, cold, or sweet food — to reach the nerve in your tooth, which results in the pain you feel.

There are many factors that may lead to sensitive teeth, including.

  • Brushing too hard. Over time, brushing too hard or using a hard-bristled toothbrush can wear down enamel and cause the dentin to be exposed. It can also cause recession of the gums (the gum tissue pulls away from the teeth).
  • Tooth decay near the gum line.
  • Recession of the gums. As gums move away from a tooth due to conditions such as periodontal disease, the root surface becomes exposed.
  • Gum disease (gingivitis)                  . Inflamed and sore gum tissue may cause sensitivity due to the loss of supporting ligaments, which exposes the root surface that leads directly to the nerve of the tooth.
  • Cracked teeth. Chipped or broken teeth may fill with bacteria from plaque and enter the pulp causing Inflammation.
  • Teeth grinding. Grinding or clenching your teeth may wear down the enamel and expose underlying dentin.
  • Tooth whitening products. These products may be major contributors to sensitive teeth.
  • Your age. Tooth sensitivity is highest between the ages of 25 and 30.
  • Plaque build-up. The presence of plaque on the root surfaces can cause sensitivity.
  • Acidic foods. Regular consumption of foods with a high acid content, such as citrus fruits, tomatoes, pickles, and tea, can cause enamel erosion.Try to avoid the foods you know may cause you pain.  However, if you can’t resist the most important thing you can do is brush and floss right after your Thanksgiving day nap!

    If you suffer from sensitive teeth visit JC Duncan for a full evaluation.

    JC Duncan Dental

    103 Commerce Center Drive Suite 101
    Huntersville, NC 28078 (704) 948-1300