Enamel Erosion and Hard Candies
Enamel Erosion and Hard Candies
By: Terry Shapiro, Categories: Dental Wellness,Family Dentistry,Your Dental Health, Comments Off on Enamel Erosion and Hard Candies

Dental erosion occurs when there is chemical removal of the enamel surface of the teeth. Erosion is often associated with acidic foods and drinks. A recent study reported in the Journal of the American Dental Association compared original-flavor candies and their sour counterparts. Both varieties are erosive but sour candies have more erosive potential than the original-flavor candies. Saliva provides some protection against the erosive effects of original-flavor candies but it affords less protection against the erosion due to sour candies.

It’s best not to consume candies at all – especially if you have decreased saliva flow – but if you must – choose the original-flavor over the sour varieties. If you do have erosion, or notches in the teeth at the gum line, we can repair the lost enamel with teeth bonding.