5 Junk Food Treats to Skip
While state fairs are notorious for unhealthy treats, some are worse than others. With the Arkansas State Fair opening tomorrow, we wanted to remind you which foods will do the most damage to your teeth. 1. Sticky Candy: Gooey caramels may make your mouth water, but sticky candies are the worst choice for your teeth. Extra-chewy candies land on and between your teeth and stay there for a long time. The bacteria in our mouths love sugar and eventually turn it in to acid. These acids eat at the enamel protecting our teeth and cause cavities. Sour candies are even worse because they’re chewy, sugary and acidic – all in one. 2. Soda:You know it – sugary sodas are not only a source of extra calories, they also cause cavities. But you may not know this – the carbonation in sodas, both with sugar and diet, can attack the enamel on your teeth and cause erosion. 3. Crackers: Saltines and other crackers contain refined carbohydrates, which turn to sugar very quickly after eaten. These snacks can lodge in your teeth and between them, resulting in a haven for cavity-forming bacteria. 4. Ice cream sundae with whipped cream and cookie crumbles: Admit it. Your mouth is watering just thinking about this rich, delicious sundae. But beware. You’ll get a large shot of sugar to your mouth, and your teeth will be at risk for cavities. 5. Chips & Fries: How could you not love the salty taste of these ultimate junk foods? Fermentable carbohydrates are found in both chips and fries. They create the perfect storm for cavity-causing acids to flood your mouth. Although you may not be able to avoid junk food entirely, consider healthier snack options like fruits and vegetables. Your smile will be healthier, and your waistline will appreciate it too!