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Cheers to the Season: 3 Holiday Drinks That Can be Hard on Your Teeth

December 6, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — drmakram @ 10:20 pm
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The holiday season is synonymous with joy, festivities, and (of course) indulgent treats. While enjoying holiday drinks is a tradition, it’s incredibly important to be mindful of the impact some of these delightful beverages can have on your oral health. In this blog, you’ll learn which popular holiday drinks might pose a challenge to your teeth and offer tips on maintaining a healthy, radiant smile throughout the season.

Which Holiday Drinks Should You Watch Out For?

Everyone loves a good drink over the holidays, but here are some you need to be mindful of:


Ah, that warm cup of coffee in the morning – a year-round comfort! While coffee has its perks, it can also be a bit of a troublemaker for your teeth. The enamel on your teeth has tiny ridges where residue can stick, leading to stains and bacteria buildup. Dark coffee pigments can nestle in these gaps, causing stubborn, discolored stains.

Hot Chocolates

Who doesn’t love a cup of hot chocolate during the holidays? Well, here’s the scoop: hot chocolate has these color-producing substances called chromogens that stick to your tooth enamel, potentially causing stains. And it’s not just the sweetness you have to watch out for – all that sugar from cocoa and marshmallows can team up to bring on tooth decay and cavities.


Everyone knows that wine is the go-to for holiday dinners. Red wine, with its richness, has acid and tannins that can leave their mark on your teeth over time. White wine, while not as visibly staining, packs a punch with higher acidity that can wear down enamel, leading to discoloration and staining.

Tips to Reduce Cavities and Prevent Staining

Don’t worry – you don’t have to avoid these drinks completely! You can still enjoy them and maintain a healthy grin with the following tips:

  • Stay Hydrated – Water is the key to maintaining good oral health. Whether you’re sipping on acidic drinks or indulging in sweet treats, water can help rinse away residues and neutralize acids. Make it a habit to drink water throughout your celebrations to keep your mouth hydrated and reduce the impact of harmful substances on your teeth.
  • Drink in Moderation – While it’s tempting to indulge in the rich flavors of holiday drinks, moderation is key. Limit your consumption of acidic and sugary beverages to reduce the risk of enamel erosion, cavities, and staining.
  • Maintain Your Oral Care Routine – Amidst the holiday hustle and bustle, don’t neglect your regular oral hygiene routine! Brushing, flossing, and using an antiseptic mouthwash are essential habits that help remove plaque, prevent cavities, and keep your breath fresh.

About the Author

Dr. Mark Makram earned his dental degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine. He is dedicated to providing top-notch service and care. Recognizing the challenges that holidays can pose to dental health, he urges patients to be mindful of their consumption this season For more tips, visit our website or call (239) 719-2836.

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