Dental Tips Blog

Aug
20

The Worst Candy for Your Smile

We’re nearing that time of year when our teeth really take a beating. Nothing is worse for tooth enamel than a fun-filled and yummy holiday!

Which candies are the absolute worst for your teeth?

Skittles

Sugar is bad enough, as is. But add to it some sour and sticky ingredients, and you’ve got a recipe for cavities on your teeth! That acidic zing can damage your enamel with prolonged exposure.

Swedish Fish, candy corn, and Starbursts also fall into this category of sticky taboo sweets.

Caramel-Filled Anything!

Caramel is synonymous with autumn. It goes with pretty much everything, too: apples, ice cream, cookies, iced coffee, chocolate. Anyone who doesn’t like salted caramel just doesn’t have a heart.

But be warned! Caramel notoriously gums up braces and wedges itself between teeth. It’s one thing to enjoy caramel sauce with your custard. But Twix candy bars and other goodies stuffed with chewy caramel will pack sugar into spots in your teeth you didn’t know existed.

Pumpkin Spice Lattes

We’ve all got our favorite seasonal warm drinks. One thing such beverages have in common is sugar and sugar in liquid form is deadly to teeth.

You probably don’t realize just how much sugar you’re washing your enamel in as you slowly sip that double-mocha-extra-whip-peppermint-flavored-medium-americano!

Candy Canes

Christmas is coming before we know it. You’ll want to be cautious of hard candies that you just lick or suck on for hours on end. This makes your saliva very sugary and acidic and fuels cavity-causing bacteria for as long as you savor that sweet. Say no to lollipops and candy canes in mass quantities!

Don’t let the holiday rush distract you from scheduling your family’s dental health checkups!

Posted on behalf of:
Greencastle Dental
195 Greencastle Road
Tyrone, GA 30290
(770) 486-5585

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