Are you planning to get the usual candy and flowers for your Valentine? Stop! Valentine’s Day candies have concentrated amounts of sugar. The sugar attacks the teeth producing cavities.
Instead of chocolates and candies, choose sweets that have less contact with your teeth. Taffy, caramel, lollipops, and toffee are the worst because they take a long time to dissolve. This means that your teeth are exposed to the cavity-causing bacteria longer.
How do the Cavities Form?
When you eat candy, harmful mouth bacteria feeds off of the sugar. The bacteria create acids which then erode tooth enamel. Cavities are actually a bacterial infection that is created by those acids. When you develop a cavity, a hole in your tooth forms.
How can you Minimize Candy’s Impact on Your Teeth?
- Drink plenty of water. Water can minimize some of the harmful effects of sugar, preventing decay.
- Eat candy with meals. When candy is eaten at mealtime, saliva production increases.
- Brush after eating.
The Best Candies
Dark chocolate is the best candy for your teeth. Chocolate may be more effective than fluoride at fighting tooth decay, according to several studies, due to a compound in chocolate that helps harden tooth enamel.
Sugarless candies, such as candies with stevia or candies that diabetics consume. Sugar feeds bacteria and upsets the healthy ratios of pH and bacteria in the mouth.
Candy bars with nuts. Candy bars with a lot of nuts can break up the stickiness, and it’s the stickiness of a candy that increases the chance of cavity.
The last thing you want to do is have an emergency dental visit after Valentine’s Day because of all the sweets! If you can’t resist the candy your Valentine bought you, brush and floss twice a day, and make sure you have routine dental cleanings with Dr. Nick’s WHITE & healthy.
Have a Happy Valentine’s Day!