With the winter holidays approaching, you may be enjoying many delectable delights that satisfy your sweet tooth. While these goodies may add to the holiday spirit, sugar can be harmful to the teeth. When sugar is consumed by the bacteria that live in our mouths, the sugar is turned into cavity-causing acids.
You should be aware that some holiday treats have more potential to harm the teeth than others. Dr. Chris Lindsey and our team are happy to suggest sweets to avoid or to enjoy in small amounts.
Candy canes are everywhere during the winter holidays. They are used as decorations, given as gifts, and used to stir hot cocoa. Unfortunately, these festive sweets are among the worst for your teeth. This is because candy canes are made almost entirely of sugar.
Hard candy, like butterscotch, dissolves slowly in the mouth. This gives the sugar more time to damage the teeth. Hard candy can also be damaging to the teeth if you bite into it. Biting hard candy can damage the teeth.
Chewy candies tend to stick to the teeth, so they can stay in the mouth for a long time. This is an issue because this gives bacteria plenty of time to feed on the sugar and damage the teeth.
Other Winter Sweets
Other holiday sweets to be wary of are hot chocolate, eggnog, and apple cider. These festive beverages contain a lot of sugar.
Contact our office at 650-327-3770 today to learn more about holiday treats and to set up a visit with our dentist in Palo Alto, California. We look forward to seeing you this winter season!