It’s OK to sometimes indulge in special treats. With parties and potlucks, holidays are a popular time to do so. When it comes to candy, some choices are awful for your teeth while others aren’t so bad. If you’re feeding your sweet tooth this holiday season, check out our list of best and worst candies.

No matter what kinds of candy you eat, you should stick to your oral hygiene routine. Brush at least twice a day and floss at least once. If you’re due for an exam and cleaning, go ahead and schedule one at our Novi, MI office. Call 248-697-2487 today. Following our candy recommendations is a good idea too:

  • Skip the Sticky Stuff – Treats like caramels, marshmallows, gummies, and taffy are problematic. They really cling to your teeth and get into nooks and crannies where they are tough to remove. If you have braces or other orthodontia, sticky foods can do a real number on them. 
  • Pass on Sour Treats – Sour candies are especially damaging to teeth. They contain high amounts of both sugars and acids. The acids eat into tooth enamel, leaving you vulnerable to decay. We recommend skipping candy that has sour in its name, like sour worms and Sour Patch Kids.
  • Pay Attention to the Time – The amount of time your teeth are in contact with sugar is more important than the amount of sugar you consume. Because of this, it’s a good idea to avoid long-lasting treats like candy canes, suckers, and Jolly Ranchers.
  • Choose Chocolate – If you like chocolate, you are in luck. It’s one of the best choices for your smile. Unlike other treats, chocolate melts quickly in your mouth and rinses away from your teeth. So it’s less likely to cause problems like cavities. Dark chocolate and chocolate with nuts contain ingredients that offer other health benefits. 
  • Suck on Sugar-Free Treats – Sucking on sugar-free candies like Life Savers stimulates saliva production. This helps wash harmful substances away from your teeth. Sugar-free gum does the same thing, and chewing it can even help dislodge food particles. For an extra boost of cavity-fighting power, choose treats that contain xylitol

Once the holidays are over, schedule your next exam. Or consider starting off the New Year by making cosmetic improvements to your smile. Call Dr. James C. Ross today at 248-697-2487 or contact us online to schedule an appointment.