Who doesn’t love to snack on some Gummy Bears or Swedish Fish from time to time? If those are not your go to gummy candies, there is a vast selection to choose from. The one issue with gummy candies is that they are terrible for your teeth. Let’s look at why gummy candies are bad for your teeth, but also what you can do to prevent future problems.
Demineralization and Saliva
Demineralization is the process that occurs on your teeth when eating sugary snacks. The sugars in your mouth trigger a reaction with the natural bacteria in your mouth. This reaction turns the sugar into an acidic form and then the acid eats away at the enamel on your teeth.
Your saliva plays an important role in this situation, typically. Saliva naturally defends against acids created by sugar. However, the issue is the gummie’s get stuck in between and on your teeth, which prevents your saliva from doing its job.
Cavities and Other Dental Problems
The wear on your enamel over time will lead to cavities and maybe other dental issues. The absence of enamel also makes it more likely you will chip or crack a tooth. Depending on the severity of enamel loss, your teeth may become sensitive to hot or cold foods.
Brushing and Prevention
You may think that brushing the sticky candy out of your teeth immediately after consumption will solve the problems presented. You are actually doing more harm to your enamel if you brush immediately after eating. It is recommended to wait at least 30 minutes after eating something that is sugary or acidic. In the meantime rinse your mouth with water to break up what’s left on your teeth.
When it comes time to brush away the sweets, be sure to use a fluoridated toothpaste. The fluoride in the toothpaste will help prevent any tooth decay.
We are not telling you not to eat your favourite sugary snacks. We want to promote eating these snacks responsibly with the proper care for your teeth. The best protection for your oral health is to eat alternative healthier snacks.