Halloween is a wonderful time of year to enjoy the harvest weather air, carve pumpkins with your friends and family, and get the most out of the bright blue sky before it goes white for the winter. However, as the season turns, so can your health. We start exercising less and eating more, which can have catastrophic effects on your oral and physical health. What you eat, is just as important as how much you eat. Even some of the most popular candies this season can wreck the human mouth, including one of the worst offenders, sour candy.
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.
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.
For more information, or to schedule an appointment, please contact North Fork Dental Care at 208-356-3012. You are also welcome to stop by our office in Rexburg, Idaho.
Have a safe and happy Halloween!