We LOVE candy too!
BUT… we also know some types of candy can do real damage to your teeth!
Be aware of HARD CANDIES that can CHIP or BREAK a TOOTH!
Also candy can do real damage by promoting cavity formation. The bacteria in your mouth loves to eat the sugar. While it uses sugar for energy, it produces acid as its byproduct. When the mouth becomes acidic enough, cavity can occur.
It’s OK to eat that candy as long as you’re brushing twice a day and flossing once a day all year long.
But let’s talk about which candy is worse than others and why:
Chocolate is probably your best bet because it washes off your teeth easier than other types of candy. Dark chocolate is also better than milk chocolate because it has less sugar.
Sticky and Gummy Candies
Sticky ones are the worst candies for your teeth. Sticky one is harder to remove and may stay longer on your teeth, which gives that cavity-causing bacteria more time to work.
You also have to watch those hard candies. They can actually break your teeth if you’re not careful. You also keep these kinds of candies longer in your mouth so the sugar is getting all over your teeth for a longer period of time. That is letting those bacteria to work, work, work, and help cause cavities.
Sour candy usually is not only coated in sugar but can be very acidic. And that acidity can weaken and damage your teeth, making your teeth more vulnerable to cavities.
We want you to avoid all dental emergencies, but if one does happen like breaking a tooth while eating a hard candy, you can be certain that we’re here for you!
For EMERGENCY APPOINTMENTS and any dental concerns, call us at 520-886-2822.
Sarah Kym, DDS