Candy canes are a festive holiday delicacy enjoyed by people of all ages. While there's no harm in occasionally indulging in these sweet treats, dentists suggest being mindful of your oral health whenever you partake. To protect your luminous smile, here are a few do’s and don'ts of eating candy canes.
Candy canes are essentially sticks of hard sugar, and it's no secret that sugar can have damaging effects on all aspects of one's health. But given that it's the holidays, there's no reason you can't treat yourself to a candy cane every now and then. Just be sure to impose a limit and stick to it. Your teeth — and overall health — will thank you.
Brush immediately after.
Right after enjoying a candy cane, rinse your mouth thoroughly with water or mouthwash, then give your teeth a good brushing. Hardened sugar sticks to the teeth, and the longer it stays adhered to a tooth's surface, the higher the likelihood it will cause decay. Sugar produces acids that erode the teeth, but promptly removing it from the mouth can go a long way in stopping that process.
If you've ever bitten down on a candy cane, you've likely heard the noisy breaking and crunching. But it’s not just loud — it’s hard on your teeth. Biting a candy cane can damage or chip a tooth, and it can make the sugar stick more firmly to your teeth.
Forget to see a dentist.
Despite one's best intentions, candy canes can sometimes cause damage to the teeth. If any issues arise, see a dentist as soon as possible — you simply don't want to take chances with your oral health. And since a new year is imminent, make it your resolution to visit a dentist regularly, aiming for bi-annual exams.
Fortunately, you don't have to forgo your love of candy canes in the name of oral health, just follow these tips to best protect your teeth. If issues do arise or it’s time for a cleaning, trust All About Smiles Family Dental in Ash Flat, AR. Dentists Dr. Terry Watson and Dr. Steven Goacher provide residents of Sharp County with all manner of dental services, from exams and teeth cleanings to crowns and root canals. Request an appointment by calling (870) 994-7645, or visit their website to learn more about their services. For helpful oral hygiene tips, like them on Facebook.