It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas and that means holiday parties with friend’s family and co-workers. With lunches, brunches, breakfasts and dinners, the food choices you make will obviously affect your waistline, but did you know that holiday goodies could also harm your teeth?

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According to your Murfreesboro dentist, what you consume at the annual work Christmas party could result in an unnecessary trip to Fisher Dental. Below are some foods to avoid during the holiday season.

Hard Candy Breaks Teeth

Candy canes are at the top of the list when it comes to bad foods for teeth. Sucking for hours is like giving your mouth a sugar bath. Candy canes, butterscotch, and other hard candies can also break your teeth.

Sticky Candy Wrecks Havoc

Just like hard candy, sticky candy can break teeth and cause problems for restorations. Your dentist in Murfreesboro explains that salt-water taffy and sticky caramels can pull out fillings and even break wires and brackets.

Dried Fruit Sticks

While a healthier choice for your waistline, dried fruit isn’t good for your teeth. Those figs, apricots, mangos and other dried fruit will stick to the grooves on the backs of your molars. It is impossible to remove without brushing and converts to acid. Acid breaks down tooth enamel as well.

Sports and Energy Drinks Erode Teeth

While you may think you are doing yourself a favor by drinking something non-alcoholic, your Murfreesboro dentist recommends that you sip on water. You can add a slice of lemon but don’t go overboard as citrus fruits aren’t that great either

Citrus Fruits Damage Enamel

Your favorite citrus fruits can also be a real problem. Oranges, grapefruits, limes, lemons, and kiwi fruit are highly acidic. If you do enjoy, have that Ruby Red with a meal and don’t forget to rinse with water after enjoying.

This holiday season make wise food choices for your teeth and don’t forget to schedule your annual dental checkup with Fisher Dental.