Some sour candies are as acidic as battery acid! Next time you or your kids munch on those sour candies remember to treat your teeth as if battery acid was just soaked in your mouth:
- Minimize contact time of the snack with your teeth, remove any sticky debris.
- Rinse with water. Consider drinking milk to help neutralize the acids. Dairies like cheese help too, but dairies with fruit flavorings like ice creams and yogurts are acidic as well.
- Chew a sugar free xylitol gum (again, no fruit flavorings - stick wtih peppermint, spearmint, mint).
- Wait 30-45 mins before brushing your teeth, otherwise you'll be brushing your teeth with the acids still in your mouth!
- Avoid abrasive toothpastes (whitening/tartar control). Examples: Sensodyne pronamel, Arm & Hammer Tooth Powder or Dental Care, Oxyfresh, Tom's of Maine Sensitive, Rembrandt Original, Colgate regular.
- Fluoride mouthrinses help keep teeth from acidic breakdown from bacteria as well. We recommend ACT anticavity mouthrinse.
- A well balanced diet serves your teeth well, and does your whole body good too!