When it comes to teeth, is candy off-limits?
If you want to take care of your teeth, then you will follow a certain set of guidelines. You will brush and floss consistently, stay hydrated, and visit your dentist for regular cleanings and check-ups. You will doubtless watch what you eat as well, knowing that what you put in your mouth invariably impacts the health of your teeth and gums. That said, is candy off-limits?
Maybe you are eyeing that box of sweets from your Valentine, wondering if you should indulge. Here’s how to decide:
Hard and sticky candies each come with separate dangers. Hard candies can trigger dental emergencies, such as broken, chipped or cracked teeth. Sticky candies can wreak havoc on fillings and dental appliances. In addition, sticky candies are more likely to stay wedged between teeth for long periods of time; a situation rife for the development of cavities.
One of the reasons everyone loves candy so much is that it is full of delicious, energy-inducing sugar. The problem is that a diet high in sugar promotes the formation of cavities. “Sugar-free” candy is not always the answer, either, because it’s also been shown to be harmful to teeth.
While candies are certainly best avoided, that does not mean that you can never indulge. However, you must exercise caution and restraint in order to lower your chances of developing cavities. Consistency is key.
Because we care about your total oral health, we look forward to helping you develop good dental care habits.
Contact us to learn more or to schedule your next dental visit at our south Denver office.