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pH Levels of Common Sour Candies

Trick-or-Treat!!  Halloween is just around the corner and with that comes candy… and lots of it!  Did you know that certain sour candies have “acid” levels??  The chart below (found on gizmodo.com) shows who the worst offenders are.  Pure water’s pH level is 7, which is a neutral acidic level.  The pH levels at which teeth decalcify (or start to lose enamel) is 4.0. 
 
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Acid (pH)

pH at which teeth decalcify                  

Water (neutral)       

Spree®            
Sweetarts®                                          
Big Stuff Pacifier® sucker          
Sour Gummi Bears®       
X-treme Airheads® 
Sour Punch Straws®       
Shockers®                                           
Skittles®                                              
Baby Bottle Pop® powder  
Brach’s Gummi Bears®                   
Sqwigglies Gummi Worms®     
Wonka Laffy Taffy®
Starburst®                                           
Sweet Tarts Shock®  
Lemon Heads®      
Mentos® fruit chew            
WarHeads® Sour Rips Roll          
Lollipop Paint Shop®       
Zours®
Sour Skittles®    
Airheads® cherry chew    
Wonka Nerds® grape       
Now and Later® cherry chew  
TooTart Extra Sour Goo®      
Wonka Pixy Stix® powder       
Altoids Mango Sours®            
Wonka Fun Dip® powder         
WarHeads Sour Spray®  
                      
Battery acid        

4.0

7.0

3.0
3.0
3.0
3.0
3.0
2.5
2.5
2.5
2.5
2.5
2.5
2.5
2.4
2.4
2.4
2.4
2.3
2.2
2.2
2.2
2.0
2.0
1.9
1.9
1.9
1.9
1.8
1.6

1.0

*pH data generated by John Ruby, Betsy Brown, Brandon Wesley, Stephanie Momeni, and Mike Vann, Department of Pediatric Dentistry, School of Dentistry, The University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, Alabama.
– from Kris S. (Business Team)
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