Why are Sweets bad for your teeth

Why are Sweets bad for your teeth?

why sweets are bad for your teeth

It seems as though American traditions are having a big impact on British culture. When I graduated from Secondary school, I didn’t dress up, get in a limousine and go to a prom. There was a cheesy disco that I avoided. I do remember going trick or treating and being told to ‘p*@s off’ a few times because people weren’t that bothered.

These days that has all changed and Halloween is big business. The only plus side is that the big stores like Asda delay putting up Christmas decorations in October because they put up spooky ones instead.

The reason for this post is not to sound like a grumpy old man but to highlight the problem with the large quantities of sweets that are handed out at this time. Basically, sweets are not good for your teeth and some are worse than others. In fact some may shock you! Read on to find out more.


Icky Sticky

The worst kinds of sweets for your teeth are the ones that include toffee or caramel in the ingredients. The issue is that they stick to your gums and the small grooves on your teeth.  This can be worsened when the sweet is integrated with sticky foods like coconut and nuts. These kind of sugary foods are incredibly difficult to eliminate with standard brushing as well as flossing. The sugar feeds the germs in your mouth which triggers a huge develop of plaque. This plaque when left alone may trigger dental caries.

Hard Boiled

Hard boiled sweets are an absolute nightmare for teeth. If you try to bite down on them then you run the risk of chipping a tooth. When you chip a tooth, it can permit plaque to reach your nerve endings which can trigger discomfort.  If this is left ignored then it can result in the need of root canal!

When acid or sugar enters your mouth, It takes enamel roughly half an hour to recuperate from it. If you suck on a boiled sweet, then you do not give the enamel time to recover.


Sour Flavoured Sweets

These type of sweets have become very popular in the last decade and sadly they are not teeth friendly at all.  You see, the flavouring for sour confectionary contains a high quantity of acid and this is just as bad for you as sugar. The acid wears down enamel, leaving you open to tooth decay.

Sour sugary foods have actually ended up being popular in the last couple of years and we are unfortunate to state that they are likewise actually bad for you. The flavouring has a high amount of acid. Acid attacks your enamel and uses it down, which leaves your teeth more ready for decay.


The Alternatives


Since it is simpler to get rid of from your teeth due to the fact that it is not as gluey, plain chocolate that has no sticky fillings is great in little dosages. Dark chocolate likewise has some anti-oxidants that can be helpful for minimizing blood pressure and normally helpful for the heart.


After eating sweets we strongly recommend that you clean your teeth afterwards and floss. Click here to read out our electric toothbrush reviews. It is important that you wait half an hour after eating sugary sweets because otherwise you are just brushing acid into your teeth!


 Sugar free


Did you know that chewing sugar gum reduces the effects of the acid in your mouth and helps to get rid of little bits of food as well. Sugar free hard boiled sweets and lollipops assist in producing even more saliva which is the body’s natural defence versus plaque. The reason for this is that plaque is unable to feed off natural sugars like Xylitol.

 Even though confectionary with Xylitol in it is better for you, do not eat large quantities of it because it has been known to cause diarrhea if people aren’t used to it.

I hope you found this article useful. With all that negative stuff about sweets out of the way, I’m really looking forward to the latest Treehouse of horror Simpsons episode. Have a great Halloween :-).

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