With the winter holidays approaching, you may be enjoying many delectable delights that satisfy your sweet tooth. While these goodies certainly taste good and may add to the holiday spirit, sugar can be damaging to the teeth.
You should be aware that some holiday treats are worse for the teeth than others. Dr. Lewis, Dr. Lewis, and our team are happy to suggest sweets to avoid, or to enjoy in moderation.
During the winter season, candy canes 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 completely from sugar.
Hard candy, like peppermint, takes a while to dissolve in the mouth. This gives bacteria access to sugars for an extended period of time. Hard candy can also be harmful to the teeth if you tend to bite into them. Biting hard candy can chip or otherwise damage the teeth.
Caramel is an example of a chewy holiday sweet. Chewy candies tend to stick to the teeth, so they often 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 holiday goodies to be wary of are hot chocolate, eggnog, and apple cider, as they are heavy in sugar.
We welcome you to contact Lewis Family Dentistry at (910) 488.0518 today to schedule a reservation with our dentists in Fayetteville, North Carolina.