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This holiday season, be an oral hygiene superstar by maintaining excellent oral health care habits such as brushing and flossing, as well as moderating which treats and sweets you will consume. It’s never too early to start thinking about what else you can do to ensure your oral health will be in fantastic condition for many holiday seasons to come.

Here are a few snacks that, if you are not careful, may bring more than just a tummy-ache:

– 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. Carlos M. Suadi, our team at BR Dental Care can be reached via phone at 225-753-5885, or you can stop by office in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. We look forward to speaking with you soon!