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Is your oral hygiene where it needs to be this holiday season? Are you still brushing twice daily and flossing once daily with dental floss or an approved flossing apparatus? Even if you are taking care of your teeth, some snacks this year can destroy all of your hard work and effort. Practice safe, effective oral health care habits this season by taking extra precautions when consuming the following snacks:

– 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 book an appointment with Dr. Bruce Utterback and Pia Sweeney, our team at Sweeney Utterback Dentistry can be reached via phone at 757.222.3737, or you can stop by office in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Take the time to protect your teeth today!