Not only are ghost, mummies, werewolves, vampires, and spiders out to haunt you this Halloween season, even the unseen monsters seek to trick you this time of year. Humans tend to love a good scare, but usually the truth is scarier than the haunts we create for ourselves. Candy, as tasty as it may be, can have serious consequences on your oral and physical health. One of the biggest offenders is sour-flavored candy, which is so acidic; it can have toxic effects on your teeth.
Enamel is the hardest material in the human body, but the acidity of sour candy is so strong, it has the power to strip away the precious enamel protecting your teeth. Studies have also shown that brushing immediately before and after eating highly acidic sour candies, can still lead to decalcification of your enamel. Citric acid, which is prevalent in many foods and beverages, including sour treats, has been proven to be twice as destructive to dental enamel as nitric acid and even hydrochloric acid.
Your teeth begin to decalcify at pH levels below 4.0. Many sour treats are far more acidic, and can go as low as 1.6. For comparison, battery acid has a pH level of 1.0. In addition, sucking on sour candy increases the risk of tooth decay and enamel loss.
The pH in sour candies is especially destructive to the dental enamel of children, who have immature dental enamel, and tend to consume larger quantities of the treats.
From all of your favorite cavity-fighting superheroes at Adam Rauzman, DDS, we wish you a safe and happy Halloween. If you would like to make an appointment, please call us at 973-427-4201, or stop by our office in Hawthorne, New Jersey. Don’t go batty this Halloween, and be sure to brush behind your “fangs”.