Do you look forward to watching your kids open their Easter baskets each year, but secretly wonder what all that candy could be doing to their smiles? Have you even noticed your kids struggling with cavities after major holidays in the past, perhaps from spending weeks of chomping on sugary treats left to them by the Easter Bunny or Santa Claus, depending on the season? Even though holidays only come once a year, the repercussions of getting used to enjoying too much candy can have far-reaching effects. If you want to protect your kids’ smiles, perhaps it’s time to learn which candies are the most detrimental to their dental health, and to consider some healthier options, instead!
Chewy and Crunchy Candies Can Both Be Problematic
When it comes to the teeth, the good news is that they are strong. Unfortunately, they are still susceptible to damage. That’s why dentists agree hard candies, like jawbreakers, are never a great idea. Even hard candies meant to be dissolved or enjoyed over time, like suckers, shouldn’t be given to children that will try to bite into them, as this could lead to chipped or cracked teeth.
Chewy candies can be equally problematic, though, and that is because they can stick to the surface of the teeth, creating prolonged exposure to sugar. Jelly beans, for instance, can get stuck on and in between teeth, leading to acidity. Gummies can be even more notorious for sticking to teeth. Plus, they tend to be high in acidity, which is also damaging to teeth’s enamel.
What Are Better Options?
So, are there candies that are less dangerous? Yes. Dark chocolate has actually been found to help protect teeth, because it contains antioxidants that reduce bacteria’s ability to convert sugars into energy. Just look for items that are at least 70% dark chocolate, and with little added sugar. Varieties with nuts added in can increase the protein and provide a delightful crunch, many enjoy, without being so hard as to be potentially dangerous.
Sugar-free gum, especially those containing xylitol, can also be great for smiles. That’s because the process of chewing can help to create saliva, which fights plaque buildup!
Need to Restore Your Smile?
Restorative dentistry can help to improve your smile’s comfort. To schedule your consultation today, call Stephens and Gatewood Dentistry on Cypresswood Drive at 281-320-2000. Located in Spring, TX, we also proudly serve the residents of Houston, The Woodlands, Tomball, Cypress, and all surrounding communities.