Candy consumption, or any sugary food or beverage for that matter, is likely okay in moderation so long as candy lovers are making sure they are maintaining excellent dental hygiene habits and are regularly visiting their dentist.
LOS ANGELES (PRWEB) November 26, 2019
An October 15 article on Yahoo Lifestyle reports on the most and least dental-unfriendly candy during the holiday period. While no candy is especially good for your teeth, some are far worse than others, says the article. For example, sour gummies, hard candy, taffy, and caramels are among the worst offenders because of their propensity to get stuck in one’s teeth, increasing exposure to harmful sugars and acids. On the other hand, chocolate, particularly the less-sweet dark chocolate variety, is better because it tends to dissolve quickly and does not harm tooth enamel as much, the article says. Dr. Farzad Feiz of California Dental Care and Calabasas Dental Group says that candy consumption, or any sugary food or beverage for that matter, is likely okay in moderation so long as candy lovers are making sure they are maintaining excellent dental hygiene habits and are regularly visiting their dentist.
The clinic says that sugars that are found in candy provide extra food for unhealthy bacteria already found in a patient’s mouth. By essentially adding more fuel to the fire, these bad bacteria create waste acids that destroy enamel and make teeth susceptible to decay. The clinic notes that there a few practices that can minimize the damage of this process though. For example, drinking plenty of water while eating candy can rinse away some of the extra bits of candy that may be stuck inside teeth. More importantly, the clinic adds, waiting about 15 to 30 minutes to brush teeth after candy, or any kind of food, consumption can give a patient’s tooth enamel a chance to re-mineralize after acid exposure. If brushing occurs right after a patient eats, there is a higher chance that the bristles on the brush could actually damage the teeth. Flossing will also help get tiny bits of candy that may be stuck in between teeth while rinsing with a mouth wash can mop up any remaining particles, the clinic adds.
Dr. Feiz also notes that in addition to exercising superb dental hygiene habits, it is important to see a dentist for checkups and whenever any sign of an ailment might arise.
Unfortunately, he notes, even those with the best hygiene habits may sometimes be susceptible to various dental ailments. Visiting a dentist regularly can help prevent these potential issues from becoming serious while also ensuring proper dental health with outstanding oral health services, the clinic adds. The doctor adds that those worried about costs need to know that routine checkups and preventative measures are always far less financially burdensome than treatments for advanced dental concerns.
For more information on Dr. Feiz and California Dental Care and Calabasas Dental Group, readers can visit his website at https://www.feizdental.com/ or by calling 818-660-0731 or 310-955-4008.