We’ve all heard the saying “too much of a good thing can be bad”. Well, that goes without saying this holiday season, especially when it comes to sweet treats. While it’s impossible not to enjoy the decadent goodies during the months ahead, Champagne Dental encourages moderation to make sure everyone receives the gift of great family dental health this season!

Below is a list of five common treats to keep an eye out for:

  1. Candy Canes. While candy canes are a traditional treat we love to hang on the Christmas tree & enjoy, the problem is the prolonged amount of time they take to dissolve in your mouth. The temptation to chomp on them can also lead to cracks or chips on your teeth. In order to limit their negative family dental health impact, consume them quickly, and make sure to brush and floss your teeth afterward to remove excess residue  loaded with sugar that can cause unwanted cavities, and decay.

  2. Christmas Cookies. Baked goods like Christmas cookies are a huge part of the wonderful aromas and tastes associated with the holidays. Its also tempting to overindulge when eating them. Cookies are loaded with sugar and can do significant damage to your pearly whites. Again, the best advice is to simply enjoy them in moderation.

  3. Holiday Drinks. Eggnog, apple cider, & hot chocolate are often main culprits when it comes to tooth decay and detrimental family and pediatric dental health. Unfortunately, festive beverages offer more than warm, holiday cheer. In fact, your favorite beverage of the season can contain between 20-65 whopping grams of sugar! Try sticking to one small serving of your favorite drink at a time while washing away some of the sticky sugary residue with a glass of water afterward.

  4. Caramels & Taffy. Chewy, sticky treats such as homemade caramels are particularly damaging to your overall family dental health. Not only are they high in sugar but like candy canes, spend a prolonged amount of time stuck to teeth before eventually dissolving as they are more difficult for saliva to break down. The same rule applies to all those sparkly gumdrops on your beloved gingerbread house.

  5. Fruitcake. While fruitcake is often the butt of many holiday jokes, some people actually enjoy them. Fruitcake is composed of a sugary cake base and chewy, candied fruit that studs it throughout which can get caught in between teeth promoting cavities, and decay.

Keep in mind that most holiday treats and drinks have at least one main ingredient in common: extreme amounts of sugar. Your family dentist will be the first to tell you the negative effects of excess sugar on your teeth. Why is sugar so bad? It mixes with bacteria in the sticky plaque that constantly forms on the teeth to produce acid that attacks tooth enamel which in turn causes decay and cavities.

Nobody wants to be a Grinch this holiday season. We all love to enjoy the special experiences of the holidays including the tasty treats that come with it. Advice? Your family dentist at Champagne Dental suggests enjoying them in moderation while spending some extra time brushing and flossing at least twice a day to help remove any unwanted residue that can turn into big problems down the road.

In addition, when you do choose to indulge your holiday sweet tooth, it’s best to enjoy your favorite treats immediately following a meal, rather than eating them throughout the day. Another good tip is to stick to one small serving of your favorite snack or drink and follow it up by swishing some water, chewing sugar-free gum, or brushing soon after to help wash away some of the sticky sugary residue.

General sealants are also a good idea when it comes to your little ones pediatric dental health during the holiday season. Pediatric dental care sealants create a barrier that protect teeth from problem causing bacteria that cause tooth decay resulting in unwanted cavities. The best part? They can last and protect your child’s teeth for up to ten years!

Happy Holidays!