Why is Candy Bad for Your Teeth?

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What you eat matters especially when it is with respect to oral health. Kids love candy and you always store a jar of candies in the house. Children are always warned about the dangers of eating too much of candy. There are two questions that arises in the minds of many parents: “Is candy really bad for your teeth?” If so, “Why are candies bad for your teeth?” Dr.Nitin Oswal and Dr.Krupali Oswal at Oswal Dental Clinic are considered to be the best dentists in Pune. They are of the opinion that candies are potentially bad for the teeth. The effect of candies on the teeth depends on how one consumes it. Many mothers feel that a lot of candy can rot their teeth. This is true but when you mean lot it means how frequently one consumes candies and does not refer to the quantity.

Research points out that the main cause of cavity is the frequency of consumption of sugar. The saliva helps to re-mineralize the teeth. The teeth get repaired over time but sufficient amount of time should be allocated for this. When the teeth are constantly bathed with sugar, then it does not get sufficient time for repair. The dentists feel that cavities are mainly formed when the two ingredients- sugar and Mutans Streptococci (which are micro-organisms or bacteria) come into contact with each other. These micro-organisms are not present in people with good teeth. These micro-organisms live on the teeth that make use of the sugar available in the mouth and convert it to acid.

How do the bacteria affect the teeth?

  • Frequently eating sweet substances like chocolates, candy, etc., creates an ideal environment for the bacteria which causes tooth decay. They contribute to sensitivity and toothaches.

  • Hard candies are full of sugar and they also put your teeth at risk. They also tend to trigger a dental emergency which includes a chipped or broken tooth.

  • The acid combines with the saliva and food debris and form a hard substance that sticks to the teeth called plaque. This in turn leads to the removal of mineral from the teeth and forms cavities in them. If the cavities are left untreated they can cause problems.

If you are looking for the best dentist in Pune, Oswal Dental clinic is the perfect destination. The dentists promote the importance of dental hygiene and a proper routine dental check up for kids. They also suggest different preventive measures which will help to minimize the risk of tooth decay and maintain good oral health.

Dr. Nitin Oswal
Dr. Nitin Oswal completed his B.D.S. from Bharati Vidyapeeth Dental College & Hospital, Pune in 2003 & M.D.S. in the field of Oral & Maxillofacial surgery from Dr. D. Y. Patil Dental College & Hospital, Pune ( Pune University) in 2008. He has a practice restricted to Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery and is a consultant at Sahyadri hospital, Inamdar hospital & Ranka hospital.
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