There probably isn’t a dentist in the world who would say eating candy is a good thing. That includes those of us at Jeff Gray DDS | Espire Dental in La Mesa.
To put it plainly, candy is loaded with sugar. The bacteria in your mouth uses any sugar that comes its way to produce the acids that cause tooth decay.
You’re better off avoiding candy entirely. But we’re realists, and know that is not an easy thing to do. (Full disclosure: most of us here don’t mind the occasional sweet, too!)
The trick, in part, is moderation. It’s also choosing your candy wisely. Some kinds are worse for your teeth than others. (Be sure to read this entire post: there’s a surprise ending!)
The worst types of candy are the sticky ones, like gummi bears, taffy, and even those chewy fruit snacks. They attach to your teeth and stick there, and don’t rinse or brush away very easily.
Sticky candy can also cause problems with dental work, like fillings and crowns.
Dried fruit has the same effect. Admittedly, raisins or cranberries have more nutrition than a gummi bear. But they also have a lot of sugar and cling to the teeth.
Hard candy like lollipops are also really rough on teeth. They’re meant to melt in your mouth, so they’re in there a long time. That’s a sugar bath your teeth definitely don’t need.
Here’s the surprise: some candy isn’t all that bad. Chocolate melts quickly and rinses or brushes out easily. We like dark chocolate in particular, because it’s yummy and also tends to have less sugar than milk chocolate. It’s made from cocoa beans, which contain substances that help to harden enamel and even fight bacteria. Just remember to brush!
At Jeff Gray DDS | Espire Dental in La Mesa we offer complete general dentistry services. People from San Diego, Alpine, El Cajon, and Santee also come to us for cosmetic dentistry, and all of their dental care needs. Schedule an appointment with us today!
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