We’re coming up on that time of year when we look forward to time with family, vacation days, and lots of food…but mostly the food.
So here are seven of the worst (and tastiest!) holiday foods that you’ll want to enjoy in moderation if you want to avoid getting cavities.
Candy canes are pure sticks of sugar. If you slowly lick on one for close to an hour at a time, you’re exposing your teeth to sugar acids for just as long.
Apples are good for you but sipping on juice that’s laced with sweeteners and oranges is makes for an acidic concoction.
Yams may be packed with vitamin C and fiber, but that goodness gets cancelled out when baked with enamel-eating ingredients like brown sugar, syrup, and marshmallows. Alternatively, bake your potatoes whole and season them with a little cinnamon.
Anything with Dried Fruit
Just think pure natural sugar that gets stuck in teeth for hours on end. Enough said.
Just because it’s a meat dish doesn’t mean it won’t affect your teeth. A sugary glaze is yet another acidic carb that can weaken enamel.
It’s not always sweet, but stuffing is still a sticky carb that will get stuck in every nook and cranny of your mouth.
There’s no worse culprit for getting stuck in teeth than popcorn! Hard kernels have been known to break teeth and dental crowns and the pesky hulls are good at slipping under the gums and causing infection.
Take time out of your busy schedule to get dental checkups for all in your family before indulging on your holiday break!
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