The holiday season is now in full swing, and we know that means a surplus of sugary treats as we spend time with our loved ones. Although it’s common knowledge that candy and teeth do not always get along, parents should know that some candies are better than others. Our team at Colleyville Children’s Dentistry in Texas has compiled suggestions for what to avoid and more! Continue reading below.
What Candies are Safest for Children’s Teeth?
Sugar-Free Candy and Gum. Without sugar thrown into the mix, the possibility of it sticking to the bacteria in the mouth is gone. Likewise, sugar-free candy and gum increases the amount of saliva, helping wash bacteria off the teeth. This can help with cavity prevention and more.
Chocolate. Chocolate has long been considered the best candy for teeth because it washed off more easily than other candies. Dark chocolate in particular contains less sugar than regular chocolate, and some studies have found that dark chocolate contains certain compounds that help harden tooth enamel and have plaque-fighting benefits.
Candy with Nuts. Candy with nuts can break up the sugar that sticks to teeth. A bonus is that the crunch of nuts can also break up plaque collected on teeth. With the added protein and fiber that nuts have, this type of candy is a healthier choice for more than just dental health.
What Candy Should I Avoid?
Sticky Candy. The problem with sticky candy is that it adheres to the crevices of your teeth and allows the bacteria in your mouth to feast on sugar, which leads to tooth decay. Sticky candy also sticks on your teeth longer and is harder to wash away by drinking water or through your saliva.
Hard Candy. Candies such as candy canes and or lollipops actually coat your teeth with sugar as you suck on them. The longer it takes you to finish the candy, the longer you are continually coating your teeth with sugar. Hard candies can also cause chipped or broken teeth if you bite them. These are two reasons why hard candy should be avoided, if possible.
Sour Candy. Most sour candy is coated with sugar and could be very acidic, properties which can lead to enamel decay or tooth damage. The sugar adheres to bacteria inside the mouth causing possible tooth decay, even as the acidic properties can eat through enamel and leave teeth susceptible to decay or damage. One critical component to remember about eating sour candy is that you need to wait approximately 30 minutes after you eat it before you brush your enamel.
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Remember that the holiday season is only once a year, but we at Colleyville Children’s Dentistry work year-round to help parents and children have a perfect smile. If you have any questions about candy during the holiday season, or want to know why parents in Colleyville, Texas trust our doctors and staff, we’d love for you to come and see us! Schedule an appointment on our website today.