Fall can be a great time for apple picking, hot cider, and an abundance of other fun activities, but too much of these yummy treats can lead to poor oral health. As we know, it’s extremely important for us to maintain good hygienic habits to help promote an all-around healthy lifestyle. Here are some of the biggest autumn snacks that could be hurting you more than helping you.
- Fall beverages: While tempting and delicious, drinks like Pumpkin Spice Lattes, Cider, and the like are all loaded with sugar and fat that can lead to extra tooth decay. Try a warm cup of tea instead! It won’t stain your teeth but will warm you up.
- Pie: Apple Pie, Pumpkin Pie, Pot Pie, you name it! Most pies are loaded with butter, sugar, and sodium that will not only fatten you up, but pieces can get caught in your gums and cause inflammation.
- Caramel/Candied Apples: Although sweet and irresistible, these and many other sticky foods are awful for your teeth because of the candy on the outside. Sticky foods leave a long-lasting residue on your teeth that will cause damage. Be sure to rinse and brush thoroughly after indulging!
- Hot Toddies: Another tempting beverage to reach for while ill, but beware! Alcohol can cause dry mouth, tooth decay, and even gum disease.
As fall is already in full swing, be sure to monitor your intake and indulge responsibly in these traditional goodies!