Holiday Sweets to Avoid for Healthy Teeth

Holiday Sweets to Avoid for Healthy Teeth

The holiday season is filled with a wide range of sweet treats, from homemade cookies to candy canes. While these sweets might be tempting, it’s best to avoid them in order to keep your teeth healthy. Find out more about how these treats can affect your teeth and what to eat instead. 

Baked Goods

Cookies, cakes and other baked goods contain a lot of sugar, which can increase your risk of tooth decay. Bacteria in your mouth feed on sugar, which turns it into an acid that can wear away your tooth enamel. Since enamel protects your teeth from decay, you end up with a higher risk of cavities. You don’t have to avoid these baked goods completely, but you should choose ones that contain low or no sugar. 

Candy Canes

Candy canes are a common sight during the holidays. Whether you usually have candy canes hanging on your tree or in a candy dish, you should avoid eating them this season. Candy canes contain a high amount of sugar that stays in your mouth for long periods of time. You can also hurt your teeth if you bite into these sweets. Look for sugar-free candy canes if you do want to enjoy these treats, or have sugarless peppermint gum instead. 

Hard Candy

Hard candies are another common type of holiday treat. These candies have the same problems as candy canes. They have a lot of sugar that stays on your teeth as the candy dissolves, and you can chip your teeth biting down on them. Instead of keeping bowls of hard candy around this holiday season, have bowls of nuts around. 

Chewy Candy

Caramel and other chewy types of holiday sweets are very harmful to your teeth. These candies stick to the surface of your teeth, which makes it easy for bacteria to accumulate. If you do have any chewy treats this holiday season, make sure you brush and floss after eating them in order to remove sugar from your teeth. A better option is to eat fresh fruits instead of chewy or sticky candy. 

Routine cleanings are an important part of keeping your teeth healthy. If you’re due for one or if you have any tooth or gum problems, please contact Great Lake Dental to schedule an appointment.