If you have braces, you know that there are certain things that you should avoid like sweet, sticky candies. But are sour ones okay to eat? You may love the the thrill of eating mouth-puckering treats, but consuming too much can be risky for your teeth and braces.
Sour candies are acidic and can wear down the enamel on your teeth, making you more susceptible to tooth decay and cavities. Braces wearers are especially at risk because the candy can damage your appliance and get stuck around the brackets.
At Upper Eastside Orthodontists, we strongly advise you to stay away from sour snacks, but if you do choose to indulge please take the following precautions:
- Consume dairy products after eating acidic snacks – Milk neutralizes acids and can prevent some enamel damage.
- Do not brush immediately after consuming sour candy – The acidic nature of sour treats weakens enamel. Brushing will simply cause further damage by forcing an abrasive material on the teeth.
- Limit your candy intake – Do not eat more than a few pieces in a sitting and do not suck or chew on a piece for a long period of time.
- Rinse your mouth out with water immediately – This helps wash the acidic residue off your teeth before it can do any major damage.
If you are worried about acid erosion or if you have general questions about braces, do not hesitate to get in contact with a New York City orthodontist. Dr. Tanya Vaysman can answer any questions you may have.