Why Candy is Bad for Your Teeth

Why Candy is Bad for Your Teeth

Feb 14, 2018

Valentine’s Day is about true love and of course, roses, chocolate and candy.

According to a 2015 study, Americans’ consumption of chocolate is 323% above normal on February 14.

You’re also 25 times more likely to eat sweetheart candies on Valentine’s Day.

Follow our advice to protect your teeth if you’re going to indulge in a sweet treat from your sweetheart.

Why is candy bad for your teeth?

The sugar from candy encourages the growth of bacteria in your mouth. The bacteria create acids that erode your tooth enamel, eventually creating a cavity.

Do I have to avoid all candy?

You won’t get a cavity from eating a few pieces of candy on Valentine’s Day. However, moderation is key in maintaining both a healthy diet and healthy teeth.

How can I protect my teeth?

Drink water after having candy.

Drink water after having candy to help wash away the sugar on your teeth. Swish the water around in your mouth to help get down by the gum lines and in between your teeth.

Brush after eating.

Brushing after having candy is the best way to remove sugar and cavity-causing bacteria from your teeth.

Schedule regular dental cleanings.

Don’t forget to come into Millennium Smiles for regular dental cleanings. Visiting Dr. Korous at twice a year provides her the opportunity to spot dental problems in the early stage, preventing possible tooth damage and periodontal disease.

To schedule an appointment, contact our office at 972-987-4899 or request an appointment online.