When you become a dental hygienist, one of your duties will be to advise dental patients on what they should and shouldna��t be eating in order to protect their teeth. Youa��ll also have to let parents know what sweets their kids should limit themselves from for the best oral health.
Ita��s not always easy to avoid everything tasty, especially with young sweet-tooths. This just means that youa��ll have to just enjoy those taste bud-friendly but teeth-hazardous foods in moderation. To help their patients make the best decisions, everyone in dental assistant training and dental hygienist school should know what sweets are especially problematic for teeth and why.
Here are five sweets that can really sour your dental health:
Hard candies such as Jolly Ranchers and Werthera��s Original are bad for your teeth in more than one way. While much of the pleasure of these tasty treats is derived from the fact that you get to enjoy them over an extended period of time, one of the key problems stems from that as well. While dissolving, hard candy fills your mouth with sugar, which gives bacteria more opportunity to produce harmful acid. Also, some hard candies are flavoured with citric acid – while others are notorious for sticking to teeth, giving them a prolonged direct dose of sugar.
Ita��s no secret that drinking soda isna��t good for either your health overall or your dental health in particular. Most sodas contain tons of sugar, and we all know that sugar isna��t good for your teeth. If you think sugar-free diet soda is the logical solution, you may be surprised to know that theya��re still harmful to your teeth a�� sometimes even worse! Diet sodas bathe teeth in chemical acids which can be even more harmful than sugar. If you do drink soda, ita��s best to do so in one shot, perhaps with a meal. This is much better than a drawn-out exposure to the acids that come with sipping a carbonated beverage.
If you have a choice between candy and dried fruit, most would assume that the healthier option is the fruit. While ita��s true that fruits are good for our overall health, the same cannot always be said for your dental health. Dried fruits in particular are known to stick to teeth – which means they will be feeding bacteria in the mouth with all the sugar they contain.
While Red Bull may give you wings, it also strips enamel from your teeth. If you thought choosing sports drinks over soda would save your teeth some hardship, you would be mistaken. When the University of Iowa did a study of wear and tear on teeth due to acid in drinks, Lemon-Lime Gatorade and Red Bull were at the top of the list – ahead of sodas!
While ita��s true that softer candy dissolves quicker, the chewy variety tends to stick around in your mouth considerably longer than the hard stuff. Caramels and toffees frequently leave bits clinging to teeth, which means prolonged exposure to sugar which feeds bacteria. Also, some chewy candies are acidic in nature (usually the sour tasting ones), which are even worse.
What measures can be taken to prevent cavities and other dental health issues after consuming candy?