When you think of tasty treats, hopefully battery acid isn’t anywhere near your list. However, the acidity and pH level in sour candies is nearly that of battery acid.
Your teeth begin to decalcify at pH levels below 4.0. Many sour treats are far more acidic, and can go as low as 1.6. For comparison, battery acid has a pH level of 1.0. In addition, sucking on sour candy increases the risk of tooth decay and enamel loss.
Enamel is the hardest material in the human body, but the acidity of sour candy is so strong, it has the power to strip away the precious enamel protecting your teeth. Studies have also shown that brushing immediately before and after eating highly acidic sour candies, can still lead to decalcification of your enamel. Citric acid, which is prevalent in many foods and beverages, including sour treats, has been proven to be twice as destructive to dental enamel as nitric acid and even hydrochloric acid.
The pH in sour candies is especially destructive to the dental enamel of children, who have immature dental enamel, and tend to consume larger quantities of the treats.
Know the facts of what treats you are giving yourself and your family this season. For more information, or to schedule an appointment, please contact Price Pediatric Dentistry at 435.637.9590. You are also welcome to stop by our office in Price, Utah.
Have a safe and happy Halloween!