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The holiday season is in full swing and its delightful sights and fantastic smells are enough to get anyone excited about this time of year. However, it’s also a time when we must be ever vigilant with our oral health care, as some candies can do some serious damage. 

Our precious teeth can easily be damaged, cracked, or chipped from all sorts of delectable delights, so we must do our part to protect them. Here are a few snacks to watch out for 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 schedule an appointment with Dr. Donald Roman, our team at Roman Dental Arts can be reached by calling 201-843-0440 in Hackensack, New Jersey today. A happy smile is a healthy smile!