Between Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas there are a lot of sweets we shovel in our faces during the holidays. And why not? We’ve been good all year right? Maybe? But what makes candy so bad for your teeth? Is it just the sugar?
Well to start, there’s a ton of bacteria in your mouth. It’s good for you though, seriously! It helps break down food between your teeth long after you ate it. It’s the reason your teeth don’t rot out of your head even without the aid of straight up sugar. The problem comes when sugar is added. Those bacteria break that straight up sugar into acids- and those acids erode teeth and cause gum problems.
Here’s the kicker: a lot of the candy we eat is sticky. Caramels, gummy anything, all that stuff is sticky and gets stuck between teeth where those good bacteria start churning out acids like crazy. Additionally, a lot of those candies have things like waxes and gum-based additives to make them chewier, which is even worse! The sugar gets more stuck, and nothing in your mouth really breaks down the sticky stuff- but it will try.
While we’re not advocating a never eat candy policy, it is recommended that maybe we cut back a bit- for your oral health at least! Read more here: Why is Candy Bad for Your Teeth?
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