Is Hard Candy Worse for your Teeth than Gummy Candy?

a pile of gummy bears

So it goes without saying that sugary treats, as delicious as they can be, don’t do your teeth any favors. Since most candies are loaded with sugar, they all have potential to cause damage to your tooth enamel. There are a few, however, that are worse than others. Today, we’re giving you a look at two types that are particularly tough on teeth, hard candy and gummy candy.

Hard Facts on Hard Candy

Hard candies such as Jolly Ranchers and Popsicles cause more problems than usual because they dissolve slowly in the mouth, saturating your teeth with sugar for several minutes at a time. This gives the bacteria in your mouth more time to produce harmful acids that wear away your tooth enamel. The sour kinds of hard candies are even worse, because they’re flavored with citric acid. If you were to eat the candy quickly and brush your teeth immediately afterwards, that could help protect your teeth a bit (although not the rest of your body), but the problem is, crunching down on hard candies also poses a risk of chipping teeth. The only fix for that is restorative dentistry.

Why Gummy Candy is Not Great, Either

a pile of gummy bearsIf you were to stick to gummy bears (stay away from the sugar-free kind for entirely different reasons), then you’re still not doing your teeth any favors. Any gummy or super-chewy candies are probably going to be stickier, and the stickier a candy is, the worse it is. That’s because the gooey, sticky stuff can get into the crevices between your teeth (even more so if you have braces) where it will stay for an extended period of time. The longer it stays, the longer bacteria can feed on the sugars in it, producing enamel-eroding acids.

Decisive Dental Care

The final consensus is that neither of these two candies are good for your teeth, but the sticky, gummy candies are a little bit worse, since they can stay in your teeth for a long time, causing enamel erosion while they’re there. If you do partake, make sure you brush your teeth as soon as you can afterwards, and floss daily to keep your teeth and gums clean and healthy. Another important part of great oral care is regular visits to the dentist. If you’re due for a check-up, call us today!