Chewy and Gummy Candies
These are some of the worst candies for your teeth. The reason they are so harmful to teeth is that bacteria in the mouth burn the sugar, creating acid as a byproduct. The acid then dissolves tooth enamel, which is what causes cavities. Chewy candies, including gummy candies and taffy, are among the worst offenders because they linger and stick around in your mouth, giving them additional time to cause tooth decay.
Hard candies can actually break your teeth if you’re not careful. You also tend to keep these kinds of candies in your mouth for longer periods of time so the sugar is getting in your saliva and washing over your teeth.
Sour candy that is sticky and coated in sugar can be very acidic, and that acidity can weaken and damage the hard outer shell of your teeth, making your teeth more vulnerable to cavities.
Popcorn kernels can get stuck in-between your teeth. They are also sticky, sugary and can be hard. If you have braces or any other retainers in your mouth staying away from these would be best.
Chocolate is one of the friendliest candies on your teeth. Chocolate is one of the better candies because it washes off your teeth easier than other types of candy, and dark chocolate has less sugar than milk chocolate.
We hope you eat some delicious sweets this Halloween season. Remember to eat in moderation and maintain a proper oral hygiene routine to maintain good oral health all year-round.
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