Candy consumption at this time of year for kids is pretty unavoidable. However, the Academy of General Dentistry in Chicago (AGD) released a short list of the season’s best and worst candy options that we want to share with you for your children’s optimum oral health.
- Chewy/sticky sweets, such as gummy candies, taffy, and even dried fruit can be difficult for children and adults to resist, and even more difficult to remove from teeth. These candies can get stuck in ones cavities in their teeth causing more deterioration.
- Sour candies are highly acidic and can break down tooth enamel quickly. The good news: Saliva slowly helps to restore the natural balance of the acid in the mouth. We recommend that patients wait 30 minutes to brush their teeth after consuming sour/acidic candies; otherwise, they will be brushing the acid onto more tooth surfaces and increasing the risk of enamel erosion.
- Sugary snacks, including candy corn, cookies, and cake, all contain high amounts of sugar, which can cause tooth decay.
- Sugar-free lollipops and hard candies stimulate saliva, which can help prevent dry mouth. A dry mouth allows plaque to build up on teeth faster, leading to an increased risk of cavities so choose candies that cause an increase in saliva.
- Sugar-free gum can actually prevent cavities as it not only dislodges food particles from between the teeth but also increases saliva—which works to neutralize the acids of the mouth and prevent tooth decay.
- Dark chocolate and its antioxidants, according to some studies, can be good for the heart and may even lower blood pressure.
If you have any further questions regarding oral health do not hesitate to call us – we are happy to answer questions for you. Also, please bring your left over candy to our 5th Annual Candy Drive. We will be accepting donations from Thursday Nov 1 – Friday Nov 9 during office hours and we would love to see your smiling faces!