We’ve all heard of the term “sweet tooth”. Most of us automatically imagine a friend or family member that can never pass up the peanut brittle or say no to those homemade chocolate chip cookies. While the word is definitely fit to describe these people with an undying love for sweet treats, it’s not a term that should be taken lightly.
There are plenty of foods that do more damage for our teeth than they do good, but one specific food group that causes damage are these sweeter treats. Below are a few of the treats tied to a sweet tooth that are absolutely awful for your smile because of the enamel breakdown that they will undoubtedly cause.
Aside from the fact that suckers are high in sugar, they are also usually high in citric acid from flavoring. The combination of citric acid, sugar and the overall hard surface can be incredibly damaging to teeth. What makes it worse is that more often than not, people are biting down on suckers and chewing the candy part, which damages the teeth even more.
Our teeth are not fans of chewy or sticky foods, even though we very well may be their number one fan. These sweets stay on the teeth longer, which only gives them more time to break down enamel and get in the hard to reach places, which is exactly how cavities are formed. If you are a huge fan of gummies, make sure to brush and floss thoroughly after you’ve enjoyed them.
Bark & Brittle
This combination of high in sugar and crunchy sweet is one of the worst for our teeth. Peanut brittle can be an absolute weakness for some, but it’s crunchy exterior can make it brutal for teeth. The case for bark may seem different, since it’s chocolate that’s used instead of caramel, but the ingredients inside of this hard sweet leave the chances just as high when it comes to damaged teeth.
In the next few blog posts, we will break down foods from a few other food groups that can be extremely damaging to your teeth as well. Make sure to stay up to date with the blog from your trusted Woburn dentist, and to contact us if you need to schedule an appointment!