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With all the lights, sights, sweets, and festivities that surround us this time of year, we must be extra vigilant on which temptations seek to destroy our precious teeth and gums. As enjoyable as log-sized candy canes may sound, biting into such large chunks of hard candy can easily crack, chip, or knock loose our teeth. That is why it’s important to keep your teeth safe this holiday, so that they can enjoy many more festivities in years to come.

Here are some harmful treats to avoid this holiday season:

– Hard Candies: Hard candies can be exceptionally hard, which can easily damage your teeth. Exercise caution when biting into it to avoid chipping or cracking your teeth. These can include candy canes, peanut brittle, lollipops, peppermint bark, wrapped candies, cinnamon dots, and many others.

– Popcorn Balls: Popcorn balls can easily chip or crack teeth if they are too hard. They also easily lodge in hidden places in between your teeth and gums.

– Sticky Candy: Sticky candies such as caramels, taffy, cinnamon bears or gummies all can easily stick to your teeth and gums. Some sticky candy is very hard to wash away with brushing alone.

– Sour Candy: Sour candies have an extremely high acidic content, with some types being nearly as acidic as car battery acid. As such, the high acidity of sour sweets presents a great risk of enamel loss and cavities.

Stay safe this holiday season and your teeth will thank you. For more information or to book an appointment with Dr. Schuman, call our office at 618-797-9940, or you can stop by office today. On behalf of our staff, we wish you and your loved ones a healthy and happy holiday season.