Dr. Alex Hawkins is not the type of dentist that will tell Midlothian residents they can’t ever eat candy. In fact, none of us at Hawkins Family Dentistry will tell you that, because we all love candy. Everyone loves candy! However, we also love teeth, and you can’t eat any more candy if your teeth fall out. The best way to keep your mouth healthy and still get your candy fix is to eat the right kind of candy in moderation, and maintain a stellar oral hygiene routine. Your Midlothian dental hygienist will tell you how.
Not All Candies are Created Equal
For every different brand of sweet deliciousness, there are plenty of candy lovers that support their favorite treat. Whether it be M&M’s™, Twix™, Starburst™, Laffy Taffy™, or any of the others, we all have a special candy that is too good to share.
Unfortunately, the candies that make your teeth happy might not be the same ones your stomach craves. Soft and/or sugar free candy does the least harm to your teeth.
Why Candy is Bad for Your Teeth
You’ve probably heard all your life that candy is bad for your teeth, but have you ever wondered what it is that makes it so bad? Dr. Alex Hawkins and your dental hygienist break it down below:
The American Dental Association gives us a more in-depth explanation. When bacteria are left unchecked, they form the sticky, filmy substance we know as plaque. As the plaque sits on your teeth it produces a harmful acid that eats away at them, destroying tooth mineral. Once enough damage has been done, the structural integrity of the tooth is compromised and a cavity forms. Eating too much candy speeds this process up and paves the way for more damage.
What is the best candy for my teeth?
Candy that is easily chewed and swallowed is best for your teeth. Hard, sticky candies stick around longer, do more harm, and can disrupt your dental work. Nothing makes Dr. Alex Hawkins sadder than hearing that a Laffy Taffy™ destroyed a Midlothian resident’s crowns. Pick soft candy or chocolates that can be easily washed away with water.
Do you have questions? Do you want us to approve your favorite candy? Feel free to give us at Hawkins Family Dentistry a call!