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Holiday sweets can lead to oral health disasters. Some of the most popular snacks during the holidays could damage your teeth if you are not careful. While you are enjoying the cooler weather and the myriad of sights and sounds, it’s important to remember that not all sweets are guaranteed to be merry.

If you are shopping for sweets for you and your loved ones, please remember to shop responsibly. Here are some holiday sweets to look out for:

– 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. Sonny Ashfar, our team at Star Dental can be reached via phone at 916.773.6222, or you can stop by office in Roseville, California. We will do our best to help you in any way we can!