Is Candy Bad for your Teeth?

Although Halloween with all it’s candy has come and gone, many children as well as adults eat too much candy. But is it harmful for your teeth? The fact is eating candy can cause damage to your teeth by wearing away the tooth enamel.  Tooth enamel is the covering on your teeth and your diet directly affects your tooth enamel. Drinking acidic drinks and eating lots of sugars can lead to erosion of the tooth enamel. That is why not only should you avoid lots of sugars, but also sodas which contain both sugars and acid, should be avoided.

Tooth enamel damage can lead to problems such as painful or sensitive teeth. It can also cause your teeth to crack or chip and as the enamel on your teeth become more damaged, you are more likely to develop cavities and decay.

Studies show that some of the worse candy for your teeth are sour candies. They contain more acid which is a double whammy for your enamel. Gummy, chewy and hard candies can also cause problems.

There are some good ways you can help prevent tooth enamel damage.  According to symptomfind.com:

Fortunately, you don’t have to avoid candy altogether to protect your tooth enamel. Instead, simply improve your dental hygiene habits and make a few adjustments in the way that you eat candy and your teeth should be safe from unnecessary damage. Here are a few tips for preventing erosion of your tooth enamel:

  • Cut down on the amount of candy that you consume. Try to limit your intake to one or two snacks per day, and make sure that you are not always choosing one of the higher risk candies mentioned above (sour candies, hard candies or gummy candies).
  • Drink water or brush your teeth after eating candy to wash away some of the harmful sugars and acids. Us a fluoride toothpaste or fluoride rinse for the best results since these products help remineralize enamel that has been damaged. You should also drink plenty of water throughout the day to combat dry mouth, which can make tooth enamel erosion worse.
  • Eat candy with a meal rather than on its own. Your saliva flow will be higher during a meal, allowing less of the candy to stick to your teeth. You should also avoid eating the candy very slowly over a longer period of time. Instead, select your serving and eat it in one sitting. This reduces the damage done to your tooth enamel.
  • Chew sugar-free gum after eating candy. This also increases your saliva flow and may help to remove and particles of candy that have become stuck to your teeth.
  • See your dentist regularly or if you are experiencing any tooth pain. Getting regular cleanings and going in for any unusual symptoms is the best way to protect your teeth and make sure your enamel is in good condition.

If you are experiencing the pain or symptoms of tooth enamel decay give Brogdon Dental a call at 423-870-5698.  Our dentist, Dr. Brogdon, and our Dental Hygentists are here to help you.

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