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The holiday season is fast approaching and with it comes an array of foods that can be potentially harmful to our teeth and gums. It’s important to take extra precautions during the holidays, as some of the delightful sweets you may be consuming could chip, crack, loosen, or damage your teeth. Listed below are some foods 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 schedule an appointment with Dr. Kim Loan Nguyen, our team at Smile Image Dentists can be reached by calling 281-759-1277 in Houston, Texas, today. Have a wonderful holiday season!