Little Insight about Halloween Candies and Ingredients from your Torrington Dentist
Posted on 17-10-2016 07:08:34 in Dental
Halloween is right around the corner, and so are those candy bags! As a Torrington dentist, I want to take this opportunity to educate my patients about candies and the ingredients in them.
We all love candy, and unfortunately, so does streptococcus mutans, a naturally occurring bacteria in the oral cavity. These bacteria love to feed on sugars and break them down into acids.
Many Halloween treats pose extra problems because they’re sticky and tend to lodge in the deep cervices and grooves of the teeth. They are hard to remove. A longer exposure time in the oral cavity means a longer time for the bacteria to chow down on the yummy candies. The oral environment being warm and the acids provided by the bacteria make our teeth super vulnerable to decay, not to mention the high sugar content of candy causing hyperactivity, obesity, and weight gain in children.
With all of this in mind, what kinds of candies are the worst for your teeth and give dentists and dental hygienists headaches?
Candy Corn: This candy doesn’t have any fat. That’s good, right? No! A handful of this candy contains 32 grams of sugar—more than half a pint of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream! Also, these candies are sticky and stick in all the nooks and crannies of the teeth, providing a sweet home for bacteria.
Tootsie Rolls: The company that manufactures this candy is celebrating 120 years of business. Think about all the cavities spurred on by their product during that time! Six mini-sized Tootsie Rolls contain 23 grams of sugar, and the candies themselves are very sticky.
Chewy Caramels: Six of these pack in 16 grams of sugar. The main ingredients are glucose syrup, sugar, and cane sugar syrup. It is nearly impossible to get these ingredients off the teeth even after many hours.
Jawbreakers: In each half-inch of this candy, there is 36 grams of sugar, giving bacteria plenty of time to do their job. Also, this candy can lead to jaw pain and clenching habits, which are detrimental to the health of the jaw and teeth. This candy has the potential to break your teeth, so stay far away from these!
Sour Patch Kids: This is a problematic candy because, as its name suggests, it contains citric acid in addition to sugar. This candy is bacteria’s favorite. Three chocolate donuts will give you less sugar than a two-ounce bag of this candy!
Surprised? Other candy offenders include Starburst, Fun Dip, Snickers, and Jolly Ranchers, and the list goes on. All are made with GMO sugars, high fructose corn syrup, artificial colors, citric acid, and sticky gelatins. So, think about it: Do you really want to feed your kids these ingredients when there are other fun ways to celebrate Halloween?
Opt for a piece of organic dark chocolate instead if you absolutely have to fulfill your cravings. Organic dark chocolate doesn’t stick around, as saliva washes it away. And apples and carrots are anti-plaque, and bacteria hate that!
Happy Halloween! Booo away bacteria this year, and opt for a healthy lifestyle.
Kennedy Family Dental – Ethical Torrington Dentist for Kids, Parents and Grand Parents Serving Torrington. We perform all general dentistry procedures including RCT, Fillings, Crowns, Dentures, Implants, Immediate Implants.
Posted on 14-10-2016 01:10:34 in Dental
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