Valentine’s Day is officially here and with that comes a lot of candy and sugary treats.
So, it’s time once again for our South End Boston Dentists to remind all of our patients to be extra careful when choosing to eat those candies and treats!
Even though sweet, sour, and sticky candies may taste great, these treats are known to cause permanent damage to your teeth. Did you know sour candies are usually acidic and will actually wear down the enamel that protects your teeth? This erosion of enamel can cause tooth decay and will lead to cavities. Sour and chewy candies, are arguably the worst for your teeth since these candies have a low pH value, which is known to ruin enamel, and the sticky quality lodges the candy pieces in between teeth for longer, causing even more distress for your teeth.
For those of you with a sweet tooth (or with a loved one with a sweet tooth) we recommend softer treats, such as soft chocolate or candy that would potentially melt in your mouth. No sugar is better than any sugar, but the candies that dissolve more quickly and don’t lodge themselves as much in between teeth are easier to clean up afterwards. No matter what you choose, if you have any candy or high sugar foods always make sure to brush and floss immediately following your treats.
Follow our advice and your dentist will be happy you don’t have new tooth decay and your Valentine will be grateful for your fresh breath and clean smile.
Here at Tremont Dental Care in the South End of Boston we want you to have a kissable February 14th and a lifetime of excellent dental health. If you have any questions or need to set up an appointment, please send up an email or give us a call at (617) 424-0606.