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March 29, 2016

SOUR CANDY: A DENTAL TRICK OR TREAT?

It’s October, which means it’s time for Halloween Candy. We all know that candy is harmful to the teeth. This is because the bacteria in the mouth burn the sugar in candy and create acid as a byproduct. The acid then dissolves tooth enamel, which causes cavities.

Bag of sour patch kids candy

Sour candies seem to be the newest fad and they are doubly bad for teeth because they already contain acid, and also contain sugar that is converted to more acid. Like other candy, it is important to limit how many sour candies are consume in order to prevent long-term damage to your teeth.

To satisfy that “sweet tooth”, chocolate is probably your best bet. Chocolate dissipates fairly quickly with saliva. Because it doesn’t linger on the teeth, it poses a smaller risk for tooth decay when compared to other candy. Chocolate should still be consumed in moderation. Of course, it is very important to continue to brush and floss daily and visit the dentist twice a year for routine cleanings and check-ups.

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