Posted on: 2 November 2021
Chances are that you're eating a lot more candy at this time of year now that your home is filled with it. Here are some candies you should avoid if you care about the health of your teeth.
Do you love eating those sour gummy candies because of the extra bite that they provide? Know that these foods are bad for your teeth in a couple of ways. All of that gummy texture is going to stick to the surface of your teeth and likely get into small crevices between your teeth that are hard to clean. In addition, the ingredients that make the gummy sour are acidic, which are bad for the enamel on your teeth. When you consider that the acidic ingredients are now stuck to your teeth in hard-to-reach places, it is a bad combination if you want to keep your teeth cavity-free.
Any hard candies should be avoided since people tend to bite down on them before they are ready to fall apart. Hard candies run the risk of cracking your teeth, which will require an immediate trip to the dentist to fix. Try avoiding them completely or simply don't bite them.
While it is better to suck on a lollipop than to bite down on it, know that lollipops cause their own problems with exposing your teeth to the sugar for a very long time. The goal should be to eat candy that you chew and digest quickly, rather than keep in your mouth for a long time. However, a sucker causes the sugar to mix with your saliva, and then get into all of those hard-to-reach places of your mouth and coat your teeth with sugar. Avoid suckers or plan to brush your teeth soon after eating them.
Anybody that has dental work should avoid those sticky candies. They are the kind that are strong enough to actually disrupt dental work because they are so sticky. It doesn't even have to be chewed on, since some sticky candies can be incredibly strong at holding your teeth together when they are wet from the saliva in your mouth. Just resting them on your teeth can cause some unexpected damage.
These are just a few of the candies you need to be aware of that can cause dental problems. While eating candy is inevitable after Halloween, you'll now have the knowledge about what you can do to keep your teeth healthy.
For more information on what candies are bad for your teeth, contact a dentist near you.Share