- October 30, 2014
For nearly all children, letting a Warhead candy sit on top of your tongue and waiting for it to dissolve is a rite of passage. And, of course, you get extra points if it’s sour candy, which can be twice as unbearable. Researchers and general dentists warn, however, that consuming sour candies may not be all fun and games. In fact, some sour candies may contain caustic acids that are nearly as harmful as battery acid. How do your favorite candies compare?
Sour Candies And Battery Acid
It may seem relatively harmless to let children indulge in a little Halloween candy here and there, and it can be — with regular brushing and flossing. Some candies are undeniably better than others, however. “Some candies’ pH levels register close a car’s battery acid, which is 1.0 on the pH scale,” CBS reports. Warheads’ Sour Spray and Wonka’s Fun Dip powder are the top culprits, with pH levels of 1.6 and 1.8 respectively. Sour gummy worms are only slightly better, at 2.5. What do these sour candies do? Sour candies literally erode tooth enamel, which can — in turn — increase the likelihood of several serious dental problems. Without adequate enamel, kids (and adults!) are more susceptible to cavities, stains, and tooth sensitivity.
What Can Parents Do?
The solution is relatively simple: choose better candies for your child. Pure chocolate candy bars, for example, dissolve relatively quickly, making them a better option. After eating small amounts of Halloween candy, kids should always brush with a fluoride toothpaste — and floss at least once daily. Kids or adults who have indulged in too many sour candies over the years may want to visit professional teeth whitening dentists. Some of the best dentists, including local dentists, will work with patients and provide them with quality teeth-whitening kits to use at home. These professional kits use peroxide and the process of oxidation to whiten teeth by up to 10 shades.
Remember, sour candies may be the worst choice you child can possibly make this Halloween. General dentists recommend encouraging kids to eat slightly better candies (milk chocolate) and brush thoroughly at least twice a day.