Why Hating Candies Is Good For You

Often, when kids do good, we reward them to congratulate them and motivate them to do well next time. The kinds of rewards vary but treats given out to children are typically candies.

Consumer credit reporting agency, Experian Simmons, reported that 96 percent of children (age six to 11) in the United States eat candies and chocolates. Older kids were also found to exhibit higher frequency of indulgence to confectionery products. On the other hand, 25 percent of adults eat candies.

A type of confection, a candy is considered food with generally low nutritional value but rich in calories and carbohydrates.

Candies are categorized under confectionery products and are considered one of the driving forces of the confectionery industry. Under candies, chocolates and gum products are also included.

In the global confectionery market, Western Europe tops the list when it comes to generated sales from confections. In the United States, manufacturers The Hershey Company and Mars, Inc. are considered the leading brands in the confectionery business by taking up 31.3 percent and 28.9 percent, respectively, of the overall sales of the industry in 2017.

Among the confectionery products, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups is the top choice of about 44.17 million Americans based on a 2016 consumer report.

The industry figures and finding of consumer surveys display the popularity of confectionery products, particularly candies and chocolates, among consumers. But, the high numbers also provide an overview of people’s unhealthy eating habits and high-in-sugar diet.

When excessive sugar enters our body, our susceptibility to diseases like cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, and obesity increases. Also, sugar is one of oral health’s worst enemies as bacteria feed on the sugar, produce acids, and damage the teeth, leading to the deterioration of mouth health.

Eating candies while on braces is a lot worst as metal brackets create more places for sugar to hide and linger.

If eliminating confectionery products out of your diet is too much for your sweet tooth (although it is more advised to do so), you can opt to choose the candies, chocolates, and gums which enter your mouth and interact with your teeth while you are on braces.

 

What candies should I not eat while under orthodontic treatment?

Sticky candies like Tootsie Rolls, caramel, and salt water taffy are a no-no because they tend to stick to the teeth, lodge between the gums, braces, and teeth, and are difficult to remove when stuck, making the possibility of lingering inside the mouth higher.

Hard candies are also off the list. Biting down on hard candies put pressure and force on your teeth which can damage your braces. If you insist on eating hard candies, make sure to suck on them instead of chewing.

Small-sized candies are also out of your options. Bid M&M’s and Skittles goodbye while you are in braces. Because of their size, these candies can go under the archwire and snap off a bracket when you bite on them.

Finally, your movie nights may need to miss the staple snack — popcorn. Although not a confectionery product, popcorn is also a no-no while on braces because of the hard kernel hiding inside it. The kernel can lodge between the wires and brackets of your braces.

Things You Should Know About Baby Teeth

Even before we let out our first cry as we exit our mother’s womb, our primary teeth, commonly referred as baby teeth, were already hiding in our gums. At six months old, they start to break through our gums and usually appear two at a time.

Our front bottom teeth are the first teeth to appear. Next, our four front top teeth will come out, followed by another two bottom teeth. When we reach the age of three, 20 primary teeth are expected to fill our mouth and appear above our gums.

Still, the appearance of baby teeth may vary from one baby to another.

It is also normal to have spaces between baby teeth as the gaps provide enough room when the permanent teeth break through the gums. A lack of space can indicate a crowded set of adult teeth.

Although our primary teeth will eventually fall out and be replaced by a new set of teeth, proper oral care remains a necessity as these teeth are instrumental in a baby’s biting and chewing as well as in the development of his or her oromuscular function.

Also, when a baby loses its primary teeth earlier than expected, the permanent teeth can drift into space, posing difficulty for other adult teeth to break through and eventually result to a crowded set of teeth.

Babies are also exposed to sugary liquids like breast or formula milk, fruit juice, and other sweetened drinks. This repeated exposure can allow bacteria to linger and produce acid, causing tooth decay.

Prolonged use of pacifiers, as well as, thumb-sucking can slant the top and front teeth and tilt the bottom teeth. It can also narrow the mouth roof and misalign the jaw.

Because babies are incapable of taking proper care of their teeth, parents play a vital role in ensuring that oral-related problems due to improper oral care are prevented.

Even before the eruption of a baby’s first tooth, parents should make it a habit of wiping their baby’s gums using a clean and damp washcloth.

At six months old or when the child’s teeth have appeared, brushing using a soft, polished nylon toothbrush is recommended.

By age two, parents can up their child’s oral care by using a fluoridated toothpaste. However, the fluoride level must be lower than 1,000 parts per million and only about the size of the baby’s pinky fingernail.

Children also tend to swallow toothpaste, so parents should ensure that the substance is spat out. Swallowing toothpaste, although rare, can cause fluorosis or the appearance of white spots on the adult teeth.

Gentle pressure must be applied in brushing the teeth. Also, give his or her tongue a clean to remove bacteria that may be lingering in the area. Like adult toothbrushes, a child’s toothbrush must regularly be replaced.

Since children are more vulnerable to tooth decay, parents can opt to get them dental sealants, which are coverings placed over the teeth as added protection.

A dental visit is recommended no later than a child’s first birthday. A dental check-up can help in checking signs of tooth decay and other oral-related problems related to the development of the teeth. By detecting these concerns as soon as possible, further issues and complications are prevented and addressed.