Did you know that the bacteria in your mouth may be more eager to eat Halloween candy than you are? Bacteria feed on sugar and turn it into acid, which then erodes tooth enamel, exposing teeth to decay. Here’s a rundown of each kind of candy’s bag of tricks:
Chocolate: When it comes to candy, chocolate may be your best bet. That’s because it washes off the most easily. Dark chocolate has less sugar than milk chocolate.
Sour Candy: This tends to be rather acidic. In fact, the damage that some sour candies have is comparable to that of exposing your teeth to battery acid.
Sticky Candy: This candy will stick to teeth so that the bacteria have more time to feed.
Popcorn Balls: These can cause little pieces of popcorn to be stuck in between your teeth rather easily. Keep some floss handy. They also often have sugar and can be sticky.
Hard Candy: These can actually crack your teeth if you bite into them too hard. Or if you suck on them for quite awhile, sugar can get in the saliva and wash all over the mouth.
Do you have any questions about the effects of candy? If so, don’t hesitate to call CrossPointe Dental in Orem, Utah. It might also be a great time for you to come in for a dental cleaning. Just dial 801-224-7337 to set up an appointment with Dr. Damon P. Swenson today!