Halloween has come again, and that means once again ghosts, grinning ghouls, and playful spooks have returned to give us frights and delights. However, there is a hidden danger that lurks amongst the festivities this year that could be potentially harmful for your oral health; sour candy. Here are a few reasons to avoid sour treats and their terrifying effects on our mouths:
– Your teeth begin to decalcify at pH levels below 4.0. Many sour treats are far more acidic, and can go as low as 1.6. For comparison, battery acid has a pH level of 1.0.
– Sucking on sour candy increases the risk of tooth decay and enamel loss.
– Enamel is the hardest material in the human body, but the acidity of sour candy is so strong, it has the power to strip away the precious enamel protecting your teeth.
– Even brushing before and after eating highly acidic sour candies can lead to decalcification.
– Citric acid, which is prevalent in many foods and beverages, including sour treats, has been proven to be twice as destructive to dental enamel as nitric acid and even hydrochloric acid.
– The pH in sour candies is especially destructive to the dental enamel of children, who have immature dental enamel, and tend to consume larger quantities of the treats.
For more tips on treats, please visit our wonderful dental practitioners at Haeberer Family & Cosmetic Dentistry. If you would like to make an appointment, please call us at (703) 291.0884, or stop by our office in Potomac Falls, Virginia.
Have a safe and happy Halloween!