Candy is all the rage on Halloween, but a new report shows what it can do to your teeth. The report uncovers the most dangerous candy in America for tooth health, and which candy parents hate most (Source: Healthline). Dentists explain how to get your sweet fix without damaging your teeth and gums.
As good as a bag full of treats can taste, they often come with a cost — dental issues. One report by Shiny Smiles Veneers showed that 35% of Americans have experienced candy-related dental issues.
“I think it’s important to make good choices when it comes to what we eat and a candy treat from time to time is ok, however, daily, and frequent consumption of candy will eventually have negative consequences to our teeth, requiring dental treatment,” Kristin Lenz Galbreath, DMD, owner of Union Grove Family Dental in Wisconsin.
Their report identified the following as the most common dental issues caused by candy- tooth sensitivity.
“An acidic environment can erode the enamel on your teeth, making them more sensitive and more susceptible to decay,”said Amy Sliwa Lies, DDS, owner of FiveSix Family Dental in Illinois.
Also, even when sugar is not metabolized, it can cause sensitivity in areas without enamel.
“The way your teeth ‘feel’ is through tiny little tubules in the dentin layer of the tooth. These tubules have fluid in them. The fluid expands and contracts in response to hot, cold, sweets, etcetera, and this is interpreted by the nerve of the tooth, contained, along with tiny blood vessels, in the pulp of the tooth,” said Lies.
People with gum recession are commonly sensitive to sugar, added Lenz Galbreath.
“Additionally, a common complaint for a tooth that already has a cavity is sensitivity to sweets,” she said.
A few pointers you can remember when craving candies:
- Enjoy candy in moderation. It’s not about avoiding sweets altogether but rather controlling the frequency and quantity.
- Encourage proper oral hygiene, especially on days when candy consumption is higher.
- Sticky candies like caramels and gummies tend to stay on teeth longer, increasing the risk of tooth decay. Opt for candies that dissolve quickly.
- Drinking water while consuming sweets can help wash away sugar and acids.
- Schedule regular dental check-ups to catch and address any issues early.
Remember, it’s possible to enjoy Halloween and indulge in candy without compromising your dental health. By making mindful choices, you can savor the treats of the season while still maintaining a bright and healthy smile.