The holidays are here and that means sticky, sweet, and starchy foods will be abundant on the buffet table, but what does that mean for your teeth?

Below are a few foods that your dentist in Pasadena hopes you will avoid, or at least enjoy in moderation.

Candy Canes

When it comes to teeth, candy canes are a no no. Sucking on any type of hard candy means you are exposed to sugar for longer periods of time increasing your risk of tooth decay. If you take a bite, you could crack or even fracture a tooth. Skip the canes and opt for more tooth friendly treats.

Ice Cubes

Another, “food,” that is hard on teeth is ice. Ice cubes are hard and can chip the enamel on your teeth leading to breakages and fractures. In some cases, you could break the entire tooth. People who wear braces should also avoid ice as it can cause wire and bracket breakage.

Carbonated Drinks

Because eggnog is loaded with sugar, it isn’t the best beverage for your teeth. If you are really craving the holiday treat, make eggnog yourself with less sugar and very little alcohol. While it may not taste exactly like you remember, it will be much better for your teeth.

Eggnog

Because eggnog is loaded with sugar, it isn’t the best beverage for your teeth. If you are really craving the holiday treat, make eggnog yourself with less sugar and very little alcohol. While it may not taste exactly like you remember, it will be much better for your teeth.

Chocolate

It’s a double-edged sword when it comes to chocolate. Lighter chocolate, such as milk and white chocolate have a lot of sugar causing the bacteria in your mouth to produce acid. Your Pasadena dentist explains that a loss of enamel causes cavities. With that being said, dark chocolate with a higher cocoa content is actually good for your body and your teeth.

If you would like more information regarding bad or healthy foods for teeth and gums, call and schedule an appointment with your dentist in Pasadena today.

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