One of the worst candies you can eat this year would be the various types of sour gummies or hard candies. Not only does residue from the sweets tend to stick around, due to its nature to be hard to brush away, but it is also extremely acidic and very dangerous to your tooth enamel.
Enamel is the hardest material in the human body, but the acidity of sour candy is so strong, it has the power to strip away the precious enamel protecting your teeth. Studies have also shown that brushing immediately before and after eating highly acidic sour candies, can still lead to decalcification of your enamel. Citric acid, which is prevalent in many foods and beverages, including sour treats, has been proven to be twice as destructive to dental enamel as nitric acid and even hydrochloric acid.
Your teeth begin to decalcify at pH levels below 4.0. Many sour treats are far more acidic, and can go as low as 1.6. For comparison, battery acid has a pH level of 1.0. In addition, sucking on sour candy increases the risk of tooth decay and enamel loss.
The pH in sour candies is especially destructive to the dental enamel of children, who have immature dental enamel, and tend to consume larger quantities of the treats.
Be sure to remember that the longer candy is in contact with your teeth, the longer tooth decay can occur. Chocolate washes off easier than most other candies, so don’t be afraid to switch out those sour sugars with some chocolatey goodness. As always, be sure to brush and floss.
Brighter Smiles Family Dental would like to wish you a safe and happy Halloween. If you would like to schedule an appointment, please call us at 717-274-5613, or stop by our office in Lebanon, Pennsylvania.