Foods to Avoid for a Healthy Smile This Christmas

Christmas isn’t just about being around loved ones, it’s about all the tasty goodies! Cookies, cakes and candy canes, OH MY! Instead of finding out that you’ve developed a cavity, avoid these foods and drinks that are bad for your teeth.

  • Candy canes. They are great decorations for the tree so leave them on there. Candy canes coat your teeth with high levels of sugar. Bacteria in your mouth feed off that sugar and produces acid, increasing your risk of cavities. Keep in mind that all hard candies in the candy dishes do the same thing!
  • Anything caramel. This is sugar in a gooey form that coats and sticks to your teeth. Avoid caramel at all costs.
  • Baked goods. Grandma’s Christmas cookies have high amounts of sugar. Small pieces can also get caught between your teeth and just sit there. If you can’t resist, brush and floss right after eating them.
  • Sugary drinks. Eggnog and hot cocoa are loaded with sugar. The risk is even higher after you’ve thrown marshmallows into the hot cocoa. Drink a hot cup of tea or white milk.

If you accidentally ate too many candy canes or cookies, brush your teeth afterward. This helps limit the amount of damage these foods can do.