Effects of Sour Candy on Teeth

Published:February 1st, 2012

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What would Halloween be without candy? Probably a lot less memorable for the kids. However, the California Dental Hygienist’s Association (CDHA) issued a warning to parents on the dangers of consuming sour candies.

The Problem with Sour Candies

In recent times, sour candies have become a popular choice of candy among the masses. This may be due to the misconception that since they are not sweet, they are safer for your teeth. What most people don’t realize is that sour candies actually contain high Ph. level, which makes them almost battery acid Ph. levels. Some of the popular varieties of sour candies like Laffy Taffy, Starburst, Atomic Warheads, Sour Skittles and Bubble Tape are acidic enough to erode the enamel found on tooth layers. With enough consumption, people will often complain of tooth sensitivity and tooth decay.

How the Damage takes Effect

The damage caused by sour candy is more harmful when they are chewed on or sucked on for some amount of time. It creates an acidic environment in the mouth, making teeth more susceptible to tooth decay. With repeated exposure sour candy can lead to a host of oral problems, such as tooth sensitivity, increased cavities, soft-tissue sensitivity, staining of teeth and a loss of shine.

How to Protect Yourself

Here are some tips to protect yourself and your children from sour candies and its effects:

  • Try replacing sour candies with sugar-free, non-sour candies.
  • Rinse your mouth thoroughly with water, after consuming sour candy.
  • Avoid brushing your teeth immediately after consuming sour candies. The acidic environment it creates in your mouth will soften the enamel layer, which would be scoured away by your tooth brush, while brushing.

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