The Naughty and Nice Food and Beverage List

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With the holiday season upon us, the Ontario Dental Association (ODA) has posted some suggestions on how to enjoy all the socializing and celebrations without turning your teeth into lumps of coal.

The association posted a list of naughty and nice treats that allow you to enjoy flavorful foods while preventing damage to your teeth.

Prevent tooth rot this December with the ODA’s helpful list:


  • Candy canes, hard candies and nuts: Sucking on candies leaves sugar lingering in your mouth because they take a long time to dissolve. Biting into candy and some nuts can also chip and break teeth.
  • Potatoes, stuffing, latkes and crackers: These tasty starches get stuck in teeth and can cause cavities. Flossing after a meal will get to those hard-to-reach areas between your teeth and remove any food debris.
  • Fruit cake, gingerbread and cranberry sauce: They are all high in sugar, especially sticky fruit cake that can remain on and between your teeth for a longer time.
    Egg nog: Rich in sugar, it can create a comfy home in your mouth for bacteria to thrive.
  • Alcohol, pop and juice: Mixed drinks, wine, champagne, pop, juices and ciders have high sugar and acid levels that can erode enamel. Dark beverages, like red wine, can stain your pearly whites.


  • Chocolate: Plain chocolate is a less damaging sweet to your teeth because it dissolves quickly.
  • Cheese: Helps your mouth produce more saliva which washes away excess sugar and acid. Plus, calcium!
  • Fresh fruits and vegetables: These healthy snacks also help keep your teeth clean.
  • Water: The perfect sugar- and acid-neutralizing beverage, and great for rinsing your teeth discreetly.
  • Sugar-free candies and gum: The best friend for your teeth when you want something sweet.

“You can still make merry while protecting your teeth with these helpful food tips,” said ODA President, Dr. LouAnn Visconti. “Stress can also be an issue this time of year which can result in teeth grinding and canker sores. Your dentist can provide you with the treatment and advice you need so that you can enjoy the holidays.”

The Ontario Dental Association has been the voluntary professional association for dentists in Ontario since 1867. Today, they represent more than 9,000 dentists across the province.

The ODA is Ontario’s primary source of information on oral health and the dental profession. It advocates for accessible and sustainable optimal oral health for all Ontarians by working with health-care professionals, governments, the private sector and the public.

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