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Of course most of us enjoy indulging in a little candy now and then, but did you know that sour candy has some of the most harmful effects on the teeth due to its acidity levels?  The acid wears away the enamel on the teeth, causing harmful effects.  The acidity level of battery acid is 1 and most sour candy has a pH of 3 or less, compared to water which is a neutral pH of 7.  The enamel on the teeth starts to decalcify when it comes into contact with anything having a pH of around 4 or less.  If you are going to have sour types of candy, try to rinse your mouth out after consumption to help neutralize the acids.  Also be aware of how often you are exposing your teeth to this.  Some examples of these delicious indulgences are:

  • Warheads Sour Spray    pH 1.6
  • Wonka Fun Dip              pH 1.8
  • Skittles                           pH 2.5
  • Gummi Bears                 pH 2.5

– from Rachel P. (Dental Hygienist)

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