This Halloween, chances are good you will eat some candy corn, a staple of the holiday. Naturally, you should avoid too much candy of any kind or else it could seriously damage your tooth enamel. For people with dental implants, they need to still be mindful of what they are eating even though implants are fairly resilient.
The implant itself is well-protected against bacteria. Since it is a restoration, it is not going to be affected by tooth decay, so that is one concern people with implants can ignore. The primary concern is the stickiness of the candy pulling the crown affixed to the implant out of place. However, that is an extreme scenario that does not happen often.
Candy corn, like any other candy, is filled with sugar. This sugar feeds bacteria, which produce plaque. Plaque will not damage a crown, but it can affect a person’s natural teeth and gum tissue. Cavities can form on teeth, and bacteria can make its way into gum tissue, leading to periodontal disease. This disease does have the potential to damage dental implants. In fact, it is a big reason why people with implants are told to avoid tobacco because the chemicals can cause problems with dental restorations.
People do not have to completely avoid candy to protect their dental implants and oral health. It is acceptable to indulge once in a while, but people should always brush their teeth and floss twice a day. It is also a good idea to enjoy candy in moderation. Drinking water afterward will also help keep plaque at bay.
Dr. Andrew Kim at AAA Dental Care is here to help you. Contact us to schedule an appointment. Our dentist will be able to tell if your teeth had a little too much candy for Halloween.