Avoid These Three Holiday Treats for Your Dental Health

Posted on: October 30, 2015 | Blog

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Each year, most people like to indulge in some of their favorite holiday treats and sweets. Fudge, peanut brittle, rock candy and Christmas cookies are on the top of the tasty treats list, along with other rich, sweet and carbonated foods and beverages. In order to help you protect your teeth and avoid problems like cavities and pain, dentists in Las Vegas recommend that you avoid these three problem categories of treats during the holidays.

Sticky Treats

Sticky treats are some of the worst holiday treats that you can eat during the Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah and New Year’s celebrations. These treats include taffy, caramels and anything else that is sticky to the touch. Sticky foods contain a high percentage of sugar and they conform to the crevices and curves of your teeth. These treats can be hard to wash off and your saliva will not dissolve the sugar. As the sugars sit on your teeth, bacteria digest them and create acids, which can eventually lead to problems such as cavities.

Hard Candies

Hard candies might seem like a healthier alternative to rich desserts and other high calorie foods, but they can be problematic for your dental health. These holiday treats take a long time to dissolve, which means that your teeth are exposed to the sugar for a long period of time. Many people feel the urge to bite the candies, which could cause a chip or fracture of a tooth.

Acidic Foods and Drinks

Sour foods, alcoholic drinks and carbonated beverages alter the pH level of your mouth and allow the enamel of your teeth to be worn away. These treats include club soda, tonic, fruit juices and sour candies. Worn down enamel makes your teeth more prone to cavities, increases the sensitivity of your teeth and may cause tooth discoloration.

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