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Holiday Foods that Wreak Havoc on Teeth

The holidays are here and that means lots of goodies that you wouldn’t normally indulge in. While some of those holiday goodies aren’t bad for your waistline, they can be problematic for your teeth.


Steering clear of some holiday foods may help you avoid an unnecessary trip to the dentist’s office.

Below are a few holiday goodies to avoid during the holidays.

Starchy Holiday Foods

Your favorite aunts’ gingerbread house may be delicious, but did you know it could cause problems? Starchy foods like gingerbread, cakes, cookies, bread, potato chips, and pretzels get stuck in the crevices at the backs of your teeth.

That starch is quickly converted to acid and bacteria eating away at the enamel on your teeth. If you must have a little bite, try to rinse with water and brush afterwards.

Sticky Holiday Foods

Salt-water taffy and sticky caramels may be a tradition during the holidays, but sticky candy can also cause problems for your teeth. Sticky foods will get caught between your teeth and are nearly impossible to remove without brushing and flossing. Sticky foods can also cause problems for dental restorations.

If left long enough those sticky candies will affect the enamel on your teeth. With that being said, sticky dried fruit isn’t much better. While dried figs, dates, and apricots may be better for your diet, they are not any better than caramels are for your teeth.

Hard Candies

Who doesn’t love a candy cane during the holidays? They are deliciously minty and can last nearly all day. However, sucking on butterscotch, ribbon candy, and candy canes is like bathing your teeth in sugar. Hard candies can also break or chip a tooth if you bite down. Breaking a tooth or chipping a veneer is a real problem, but can be avoided if you skip the hard candies this Christmas.

This holiday season watch what you eat and don’t forget to schedule your annual comprehensive dental examination with Forest Dental Center today.

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