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.