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Even if you don’t celebrate Halloween, you are probably well aware that it is the beginning of the holiday season. With the holidays come lots of parties and lots of treats that are bad for teeth.

According to Sophisticated-Smiles, Candy Corn and Sugar Babies and Sugar Daddy’s aren’t the only things you should say no to.

Below is a list of foods that are best left on the table this holiday season.

Sports and Energy Drinks

While you may love an energy or sports drink after a workout, or to mix your drink with, sports and energy drinks are bad. Your Johnson City dentist explains that just like soda, sports and energy drinks are loaded with sugar and carbonation.

Carbonation is acidic and combined with sugar eats away at the enamel on your teeth. Drink water instead. Your teeth and your body will thank you for it, as water has no sugar or carbonation.

Citrus Fruits Can be Bad for Teeth

While citrus fruits aren’t necessarily bad they can be if enjoyed too much and too often. Because citrus fruits are acidic, they tend to bother the enamel on your teeth.

Dr. Angela Cameron recommends enjoying oranges, Kiwi, tomatoes, tangerines, grapefruits, lemons, and limes with a meal to avoid over saturation. If some of you enjoy lemon or lime in your water, keep it to a minimum.

Watch the Starch over the Holidays

It seems like starchy foods love the holidays. Cakes, cookies, breads and other delicious starchy foods are everywhere. Add crackers, potato chips and other starchy snacks to the mix and you are asking for trouble.

Starchy foods stick to the backs and in between teeth. If you eat any starchy foods, drink a glass of water or rinse afterwards.


Hard and Chewy Candy

Both chewy and hard candies are bad. Chewy candy such as caramel, toffee, and gummy bears can pull out dental restorations. Hard candy on the other hand can break teeth, crowns, and fillings.

If you suck on hard candy, you are bathing your teeth in sugar. Try to avoid candy at all costs during the holidays. You will save your teeth and a possible trip to the dentist’s office if you break a tooth.

Dried Fruit Platters are Bad for Teeth

Dried fruit platters are a hit all year round but especially during the holidays. Sticky fruits pull out dental restorations and will stick between your teeth. Dried fruit can also stay in the grooves and fissures at the backs of your teeth.

Like everything in life enjoy in moderation and eat your dried prunes, apricots, figs, mangos and pineapples as part of a meal.

This holiday season do yourself and your teeth a favor by watching what you eat and scheduling a dental checkup with your dentist in Johnson City today.

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