Holiday seasons keep the candy business booming. Even between the holidays, who isn’t a sucker for a sweet treat every now and then? While anything is okay in moderation, there are a few candies to be leery of if you want to keep your teeth in the best shape possible. At Covington Family Dentistry, we want to educate our patients so that you can maintain clean and healthy teeth in between your dentist visits.
We understand that patients of all ages will enjoy candy, especially on big holidays like Easter, and honestly we do, too! But we hope you’ll keep a few tips in mind next time you reach for dessert.
Is There Such Thing as “Good” Candy for Teeth?
As your dentist office, we have to tell you there is no candy that is “good” for your teeth. Sugar is the ultimate enemy of healthy teeth, and nearly all candy is heavily composed of sugar. However, dark chocolate does have some surprising benefits because it contains compounds that can help harden tooth enamel and fight plaque. Here are some other things to keep in mind when choosing the best candy for your teeth:
All chocolate, including dark, is not super damaging to your teeth. It easily washes off teeth, meaning it’s not likely to cause cavities. Sugar-free candy is also not terrible for your teeth for obvious reasons.
Sugar-free hard candies, regardless of flavor, also stimulate saliva production which helps wash plaque-causing bacteria out of your mouth. Still, it’s good to be wary of some sugar-free candies because of the non-oral health complications they may present. Lastly, candy with nuts has a less damaging effect on your teeth than some other kinds of candies.
Having nuts in candy helps break up plaque while also keeping sugar from attaching to your teeth. Nuts also have other health benefits, so it never hurts to include them in your sweet treats!
Sticky candy is the worst type for your teeth. If you find that candy is hard to chew and sticks to your teeth, you might want to toss it out. The longer sugar stays on your enamel, the more chance it has to form cavities and cause damage. Oddly, this includes dried fruit which you may feel is an otherwise healthy option.
Hard candy is also detrimental to your teeth. Unless it is sugar-free, hard candy allows sugar to fill your saliva and, in turn, your whole mouth. There is also a risk of cracking or breaking teeth if you bite into particularly hard candy.
Sour candy is also not good for your teeth as it is high in sugar content and also very acidic. The acidity can cause tooth decay, especially if you brush your teeth right after consumption. It is a good idea to wait thirty minutes after ingesting anything before brushing your teeth. Rinsing, though, can help wash away the damaging effects.
Contact Covington Center for Family Dentistry Today!
Do you have more concerns around candy and your oral health? Our dentists are happy to talk about it! We know you’ll enjoy candy, especially during the holidays, and we’re here to help you reach your best smile in a way that realistically fits within your everyday life. Covington Family Dentistry is proud to serve the community with experienced and comprehensive dental care, and we have some of the top rated dentists in the business.
Our Covington practice offers a wide range of dental services with plenty of financing options. We hope to see your family soon! To get started, simply give us a call at 678-306-6000 or fill out our online contact form today!