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The winter festivities are amongst us, and it can be easy to get lost in the extravaganzas, but we must be sure to continue practicing excellent oral health hygiene habits. If our standards begin to slack, the health of our teeth and gums can suffer as well. The first step for a healthy and safe holiday season for your oral health begins with what treats to avoid.

There is a bonanza of treats abound us this time of year, and it’s important to know which ones could potentially cause us problems. Listed below are four types of 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. David A. Browne, our team at David A. Browne, DDS, PC can be reached via phone at 815-344-6811, or you can stop by office in McHenry, Illinois. Visit us today, and enjoy the holidays with a smile!