When celebrating the holidays, it is easy to indulge in the various holiday sweets offered at parties and family gatherings. Bacteria in the mouth feed on sugars from various food and drinks and create acids as a byproduct. That acid can cause a number of problems, including tooth decay and gingivitis. Although some indulgence of seasonal treats can be harmless, certain sweets are best avoided to keep teeth cavity-free.
1. Caramel Popcorn. This snack’s gooey texture and salty flavour make it a popular treat. However, husks lodged between teeth and gums can cause harm. Uncooked kernels, when chewed, can also create small tooth fractures or chips. This damage often requires emergency dental repair.
2. Potato Latkes. A common tradition with potato latkes is to dip them into table sugar. Applesauce is a good substitute to cut calories, but both additions encourage bacteria. Rinse teeth with water after eating sugary or acidic food, and brush 30 minutes later.
3. Candy Canes. Another popular sugary holiday treat, candy canes are loaded with sugar and may encourage tooth decay after consumption. Sugar from sticky candy canes lingers in the mouth, so proper brushing and flossing is an absolute must.
4. Eggnog. Some think the holidays are not complete without eggnog. Served warm or cold, eggnog contains just as much sugar as soda and juice. This drink also often contains alcohol, which dries the mouth and prohibits saliva production. Meanwhile, sugar stays in the mouth and does more damage.
Enjoy your holidays while choosing treats and beverages wisely. When celebrating, stay committed to your oral health routine. If you haven’t had your teeth cleaned in awhile, schedule a dental appointment for the new year. Simcoe Smile Dental is here to help. Contact us at (289) 312-1482.