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Why Your Family Should Avoid Gummy Snacks

Posted on 6/15/2017 by Downtown Dental Care Office
A woman eating a yogurt.
Kids typically love gummy candies and snacks. Some adults love them, too. They are a fun treat to have now and again. However, they can also do a number on your teeth.

If you tend to have gummy snacks on a regular basis, you may want to be careful and switch out to another snack. By eating gummy snacks, you are leaving your teeth open to increased instances of cavities and tooth decay.

Avoiding Gummy Snacks Can Improve Your Oral Health

After chewing up gummy snacks, there are a lot of leftover bits that can get stuck to your teeth.

These bits can be easily seen on some of the flat surfaces of your teeth, but they can also hide in different areas, including between the teeth and pushed into little crevices inside your teeth.

Because these gummy snacks are so sticky, they can stick to those little areas, even after you have brushed your teeth. That leaves your teeth more open to decay from the sugar sitting directly on your tooth for an extended period of time.

If you want something that is a little healthier for your teeth, try snacks like frozen yogurt or fruits with skins. These provide your body with extra nutrients, plus it gives your teeth the chance to get cleaned from the skin of the fruit.

While they may not be as fun as a gummy worm or a fun little fish, they are better for your body, and definitely better for your teeth.

While gummy snacks may be a fun treat now and again, they shouldn't be consumed by anyone in the family on a regular basis.

Take the time to figure out which snacks your family likes most, that are also healthy, and save the gummies for a rare, special occasion.

Please contact our office if you have any questions about gummy snacks effects on your oral health.

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