Which Sweets are the Worst for Your Teeth?

This question often comes up around Halloween, but if you have a penchant for sweets then you probably need to be thinking about it year-round. Here’s a list of sweets that are notorious for doing damage to your teeth.

1. Chewy Candies

These candies have a tendency to get stuck in your teeth and that’s what makes them particularly bad. When the sugar from candy is turned into acid, the acid, in turn, weakens the tooth enamel and can lead to cavitites. The longer a candy stays behind in your mouth, the greater the chance this can happen. Additionally, chewy candies can damage existing dental work, for example by pulling out fillings.

2. Sour Candies

Sour candies contain both sugar and acid so there’s no waiting for the damage to start. Eat these sparingly to help your teeth.

3. Hard Candies

Think about lollipops or suckers, they’re meant to last – which means they spend more time in your mouth – and can cause acid to build up longer. Additionally, you might be tempted to bite these hard candies which can cause additional damage to your teeth.

Here’s the good thing, you can enjoy your sweets as long as you’re taking good care of your teeth. Proper brushing and flossing after enjoying a sweet treat will go a long way to protect your teeth from sugar and acid. Additionally, make sure you schedule regular checkups with your dentist to prevent any issues. Call us today to make your appointment.