Your teeth are one of the single most important parts of your body. Without them, you wouldn’t be able to eat your favorite foods, not to mention the impact that damaged or missing teeth would have on your self-esteem and self-confidence.
As a result, it’s vital that you care for your teeth to the best of your ability now, start today! There are many things you can do to ensure healthy teeth, relatively easy things I’m sure you’re aware of, like brushing, flossing, and regular dental checkups. But, do you do these things enough, is there something you would like to add to your daily routine that you feel would help you take better care of your teeth?
What about the things you eat? Everyone knows that sugary sweets aren’t great for your teeth, but there are some candies that are far worse for you than others. If you’re not sure which ones you should avoid, pay attention to the following list of the most destructive candies for your teeth.
- Gummy Worms – According to most dentists, gummy worms and similar gummy treats are incredibly bad for your teeth. This isn’t because of sugar content, but is instead due to the fact that they’re highly acidic. High acid levels will wear down the enamel on your teeth and make it easier for damage to occur, and expose the nerves – creating extreme sensitivity when eating cold or hot foods.
- Sticky Candies – com talked with a dental expert who said the same thing that most doctors in the field say – the absolute worst candy for your teeth is anything sticky or chewy. Caramels, Starburst, and taffy are difficult to remove from the teeth. When the sugar dissolves, it settles into the grooves of your teeth and is hard to get out. This leads to serious damage to your teeth.
- Sours – Sour candy is also mentioned in any discussion about destructive candies, due to the high levels of acids found in them as well. It’s important to remember that after eating a sour candy you need to wait at least a half hour before brushing or you’ll actually be spreading the acid around and increasing its corrosive action!
The candies above can have a serious impact on your tooth health, so it’s worth trying to avoid eating them. All in all, it’s better to focus on things like dark chocolate, sugar-free gum, and lollipops when you’re looking for something to satisfy your sweet tooth. Your dental health is important, and turning to better alternatives will help keep your smile healthy and strong for years to come.