Did you know candies are acidic? Did you know that even eating super acidic foods can do damage to your tooth enamel? Sadly, many of the most popular treats during the Halloween season can also be the most dangerous to your teeth and gums. Some can be so acidic they can actually change the pH levels in your mouth. Sour sweets in particular, are some of the worst offenders in terms of damage caused to your oral health. The lower the pH level, the more dangerous it can be to you. Below is a list of some of the effects:
– 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.
– 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.
– 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.
– 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.
If you would like to speak with our talented team of experts at Faith Cousins DDS, please call us at 301-589-2714 or stop by our office in Silver Spring, Maryland. We wish you a safe and happy Halloween!