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Did you know that more than 1.7 billion candy canes are made in the U.S. every year? That is a great deal of sugar, and while the occasional sweet treat is fine for the season, your teeth will appreciate it if you take it easy on the sweets. Sugar works with the bacteria in your plaque to create acid, and acid in turn, works to create cavities. Aside from candy canes, sugar is everywhere this time of year.  Not only do chewy candies contain sugar, they also stick to your teeth longer than other foods, giving the sugar and the bacteria more time to interact. While hardy candy may not stick to your teeth, it will linger in your mouth while it dissolves, and the sugar will be in contact with your teeth for a long time. While you can of course, chew them, you risk damaging your tooth enamel, or even your teeth.

 

So, what can you do? There will be no shortage of chocolate, and if you just can’t pass it up, opt for dark chocolate. It has less sugar than milk chocolate, and also has antioxidants that are good for your body. Sugar-free hard candy is a great substitute, and you can always swap out the sugary snacks for something a little healthier Fresh fruit and vegetables, and cheese, make great snacks at a holiday gathering.

 

No matter what you choose for a holiday menu, you will want to make sure that you brush your teeth for two minutes at a time twice a day, floss once a day, and drink plenty of water. If you can, brush your teeth thirty minutes after each meal or snack. If you are taking time off for the holiday season, it may be a good time for you to take care of your routine dental visit. If you live in the Mobile, Alabama, area, and would like to schedule an appointment with Donald Brown III at Knollwood Dental Group, call 251-666-3982. Let’s get your smile in shape for the holidays.