Holiday Foods That Might Prompt a Visit to Your Dentist in Torrance

During the holiday season. we are all a little bit more inclined to nosh on some less than healthy foods. It would also make sense that many of the foods you eat during the holiday season would be bad for your teeth, perhaps even prompting a visit to your dentist in Torrance. Whether you celebrate Christmas, Kwanza or Festivus, eating and drinking an assortment of goodies is just part of the festivities. Let’s take a look at some of the holiday foods that could affect your dental health.

Candy Canes

The two main ingredients in candy canes are sugar and corn syrup. To say candy canes are pure sugar is no exaggeration. As you are already aware, sugar wreaks havoc on your teeth and is the leading cause of tooth decay. In addition to the amount of sugar in candy canes is the amount of time they spend on your teeth. Hard candies take longer to eat and may drench your mouth with sugar for a very long time, hours in some cases. If you value your smile, you might want to avoid candy canes this holiday season.


Eggnog is loaded with sugar and fat and the sugar clings to your teeth hours after consumption. And to make things worse, eggnog is often spiked with rum, brandy or bourbon, which dries out the mouth. With a lack of saliva, your mouth becomes vulnerable to bacteria growth which gives you bad breath and causes tooth decay. If you wish to indulge in this concoction, we suggest rinsing your mouth out after you are finished.

Caramel Popcorn

Caramel in any form sends shivers down the spine of dentists all over the world. Caramel is worse than hard candy because of the sticky nature of it. This sticky substance clings to your teeth long after it has been consumed. And when it’s drizzled on popcorn, caramel-covered pieces tend to get lodged between your teeth. When done eating caramel popcorn, you need a toothbrush, floss and chisel to remove all the remnants from your teeth.

Potato Latkes

Potato latkes are a staple in the Jewish tradition for Hannukah. They are basically pan-fried potato cakes made with flour and eggs. While the latkes themselves are no threat to your teeth, the sugar many dip these delectables in is cause for concern. So skip the sugar and dip your latkes in applesauce instead.


Candied beets are a staple on many tables during the holiday season. You might think this makes the list due to the sugar content, but you would only be half right. Beets are one of the most staining foods around and can discolor your teeth. So watch yourself.

Hot Beverages

Nothing warms the body from the inside out better than a hot cup of tea, coffee or cocoa. But drink these when they are too hot and you could burn your mouth or damage your gums. It only takes a single burn to cause permanent damage. So let that tea and coffee cool a bit before indulging.



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