Why are good things bad for us? Why does June have to be National Candy Month? This is a dentist’s worst nightmare. Unfortunately, candy is bad for your teeth and you can blame the sugar for that.
How do Cavities Form?
It’s not actually the sugar that creates cavities, it’s the conditions in your mouth that do. Your mouth fills with bacteria and many of them are actually beneficial to maintaining your oral health. Every piece of candy you eat, harmful bacteria feeds off of the sugar.
Firstly, the bacteria create acids which then erode tooth enamel. When you develop a cavity, a hole in your tooth forms—which worsens over time if you leave it untreated.
The Worst Candy for Your Teeth
There are some types of candy that are worse than others. Chewy, sticky candy tops the list, so throw away the gummy candies and taffy.
Sticky candy gets caught between your teeth. Because saliva can’t reach between teeth to wash the candy away, sticky sweets put you at a high risk of tooth decay.
In addition to sticky candy, sour candies like Skittles and Jolly Ranchers are a big N-O. Because they’re highly acidic, they actually break down tooth enamel.
Minimizing Candy’s Impact on Your Teeth
Fortunately, you’ll be happy to know that all isn’t lost with candy. Specifically, we recommend that you:
- Drink plenty of water. Water can minimize some of the harmful effects of sugar, preventing decay.
- Eat candy with meals. When you eat candy at dinnertime, saliva production increases. Saliva not only cancels the acids in mouths, but it also helps wash away food particles.
- Brush after eating. When you eat acidic candies, brushing right after eating is more damaging to enamel than not brushing. Instead, set a timer for 30 minutes and brush after it goes off.
Schedule a Dental Checkup
As always, encourage you to come in for a dental checkup with Dr. Nick. Scheduling your dentist appointment with us is easy! Click here to access our online appointment request form. Alternatively, you can call our office at 813.445.7162.