What to Eat Instead: The Best and Worst Sweets for Your Teeth

As a trusted cosmetic dentist in Liverpool, Saving Faces believes that good oral health is the foundation for beautiful teeth. Teeth that are free from cavities and staining give you a sparkling white smile that is sure to turn heads.

That is why we encourage everyone to maintain a regular oral hygiene routine to keep their teeth in top condition. This means brushing and flossing your teeth regularly and avoiding foods that will worsen your dental health, such as sweets and chocolates.

However, who does not want to eat something sweet and delectable once in a while? In moderation, sweets can be a great treat to lift the spirits. Of course, practically all sweets are bad for the teeth – we cannot stress this enough. Excessive sugar consumption can cause cavities and erode the protective enamel on your teeth. However, there is no harm in eating them on special occasions.

Even then, not all sweets are created equal – some can be especially damaging to your teeth compared to others. When you are choosing which sweets to eat for your next treat, consider options that are somewhat healthier and leave you less susceptible to cavities.

Here are some of the best and worst sweets for your teeth:

The Bad Sweets

Sticky, chewy sweets can be especially bad for you because of the way they stick to your teeth. This includes foods such as taffy, dried fruit and chewy sweets. They are all loaded with sugar, which will find itself wedged deep between the crevices of your back teeth, encouraging the growth of cavities.

Since sticky sweets cling to the teeth so well, it can be difficult to clean your teeth afterwards; sometimes, even a toothbrush is not enough to scrape all the stickiness off, and you will have to wait until it dissolves completely.

Sour Candies

Sour candies impart a sour flavour because of their high concentration of acid and sugar. The acid may come from natural sources, such as lemon and citrus, or from some artificial flavouring.

Sour candies are bad for the teeth because they can quickly break down the enamel. It is especially problematic if you combine the sourness with a sticky texture, as this means that it will remain in contact with your teeth for an even longer time.

On top of that, if you brush your teeth after eating sour candy, you are more likely to scrape away the protective enamel coating on your teeth which is a reason why sweets are bad for your teeth.

Chocolate Bars

Chocolate bars are rarely made of just chocolate – they often have sweet centres that only damage your teeth further, such as caramel, marshmallow or dried fruit. These ingredients make chocolate bars bad for your teeth for the same reasons that sticky sweets are bad for them.

The Better Sweets

Hard sweets may seem bad for your teeth, but compared to the sweets discussed above there are hard sweets that are good for your teeth because they encourage the production of a lot of saliva. Lollipops and drops are meant to be eaten slowly, which can be risky, but luckily, the extra saliva helps protect and neutralise the sweets’ harmful effects.

Chocolate

Pure, dark chocolate is much better for the teeth than chocolate bars. Though chocolate does stain the teeth over time, eating a small amount here and there can be so much satisfying, while dark chocolate contains less sugar, and is less likely to stick to your teeth, as it dissolves quickly. So if you are looking for sweets that are good for your teeth, while each have their risks perhaps opting for dark chocolate is one of the safest options.

Sugar-free Gum

Perhaps the best sweet for your teeth, sugar-free gum has a sweet flavour, without the damaging effects of sugar. It also encourages the production of saliva, which strengthens your enamel.

So, there you have it – be sure to avoid the bad sweets and choose less harmful options.

For more information on oral care and cosmetic dentistry, get in contact with Saving Faces today by calling 0151 520 2766.