‘Tis the season to indulge in chocolates, candy canes and caramel, but these sweets are not only bad for your waistline—they’re also bad for your teeth. Your oral health is a vital aspect of your overall health, and it’s important to maintain good dental hygiene to avoid tooth decay and gum disease. There are some candies you should definitely stay away from this holiday season, but luckily, there are a few you can treat yourself to.
Holiday Candies to Stay Away From
The longer your teeth are exposed to sugar the more likely you are to develop cavities, which means candy canes are the worst holiday candy you can eat. Sweets that are chewy and stick between your teeth are also likely to cause tooth decay including:
- Fruit Cake
- Marshmallow candies
Hard holiday treats are bad for your oral health too because they can cause your teeth to chip and crack just like chewing on ice.
Sweets to Stock Up On
Gingerbread is actually one of the good ones you can have over the holidays. Whether it’s in the form of a person or a house, you don’t have to worry as much because gingerbread has less sugar than other snacks. Other candies and treats that are better for your teeth include sugar-free lollipops, candy and gum and rich, dark chocolate.
The best way to avoid tooth decay during the holidays is by brushing, flossing and rinsing with mouthwash, and don’t forget to schedule a dental cleaning and exam with our dentist in Pleasant Hill to make sure your teeth and gums stay healthy.
If it’s time for your bi-annual dental exam, please contact Robert M. Davis, DDS & Associates in Pleasant Hill call us today at our Raytown Dentist Office (816) 358-0800 or at our Pleasant Hill Dentist Office (816) 540-3110. Our dentist serves patients in the Raytown, Pleasant Hill and Sedalia, Missouri areas.