Sugar-free peppermint gum might be a safer bet if you’re longing to savor the holiday flavor, but want to avoid chipped or broken teeth.

Recently, The Daily Meal’s Michael Serrur queried dental professionals across the country (nine, to be exact) as to which holiday foods and beverages they will not partake.

Among the experts, Bill Crutchfield, D.D.S. from OBC in Chantilly, Virginia, who weighed in on candy canes.

“These iconic holiday treats are better left as a Christmas tree decoration. Candy canes and other hard candies are notoriously bad for teeth because they are packed with sugar and can also cause chipped or broken teeth, Dr. Bill Crutchfield warns.”

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