Dental

Happy Mardi Gras from the Argus Team!

What’s the one thing that everyone looks forward to on Fat Tuesday? Paczkis!

They’re soft, sweet, gooey and terribly bad for you.

Do you even want to know the nutritional facts? Paczkis have upwards of 700 calories, with 25 grams of fat. That’s a third of calories and fat recommended in a daily 1,800-to-2,000-calorie diet.

How are they made?

The dough of the traditional paczki is rich with flour, sugar, milk, eggs, and butter. The treats are then shaped into spheres and deep fried, then stuffed with various fillings like cream cheese, butter or jam. To top them off, they are coated with more sugar or candied citrus.

While these aren’t good for your diet, they’re even worse for your teeth! All that sugar and dough sticks to your teeth to make cavity central. If you plan on having a paczki, rinse your mouth out with water or brush afterward.

Top 3 Ways to Prevent Cavities 

Brushing in the morning and evening and flossing daily.
Avoid snacking on sugary or starchy foods.
Visit your dentist twice a year for cleanings/checkups.

Talk to your dentist about how you can enjoy a paczki without having to call in a dental emergency.