May 23rd is National Taffy Day! The holiday is a perfect excuse to enjoy this sweet treat, which is a favorite snack for many people—but unfortunately, it can also cause damage to your teeth if you aren’t careful. Luckily, you don’t have to give up taffy completely; here’s what you need to know about this candy.
Everyone knows that sugar is bad for your teeth, but it’s also important to know why. The problem is that the bacteria in your mouth love sugar as much as you do, and it can produce acids that can damage your teeth. If there’s too much bacteria, the acid can harm your enamel and cause cavities or lead to infections. The problem can get worse in cases where food gets stuck in your teeth, or when it has a high sugar content. Sweet, chewy taffy is a particularly problematic combination.
If you have braces, you should be extra careful with taffy. The wires and brackets in your orthodontic fixtures can trap bits of taffy against your teeth. Not only is this annoying, but it can provide a good environment for bacteria to grow. In some cases, the taffy can even pull the braces off your teeth.
One solution is Invisalign®—a custom-made plastic apparatus that slots over your teeth. Since it can be removed when eating, it can make it easier to eat taffy and a wide variety of other foods. Invisalign® is a great alternative to braces for some patients.
While poor oral health can result from eating too much sweet and sticky food, you don’t have to give up taffy completely. Eat taffy in moderation, as an occasional treat rather than an everyday snack. It’s also a good idea to brush or floss your teeth after eating taffy, to get rid of any leftover residue. This is particularly important if you have braces.
If you have questions about oral hygiene, cavities, or Invisalign® in Sarasota, FL, Waterside Dental will be happy to help. Contact us today to set up an appointment.