Sour candy almost as bad for teeth as battery acid

I would have assumed that all candy was just about equally bad for your kids, but apparently that’s not so.  A recent article in Gizmodo, which appears to be a Web site sponsored by T-Mobile, sour candy is actually far worse for your kids’ teeth than other types of candy.  They have a lovely chart that compares the pH levels and tells you when the enamel of the teeth is damaged.

From Gizmodo (Click the link to see the graphic. It’s good.):

“Pure water’s pH level is 7, which is a neutral acidic level. At ph4, your teeth start losing enamel, one of the four tissues that make up teeth. Enamel it’s the hardest substance in human bodies. 96-percent is made of minerals.”

“As it turns out, typical sour candy is ph3, which is kind of crazy. It quickly goes to ph2.5—with Skittles, Baby Bottle Pop powder, Brach’s Gummi Bears, and Sqwigglies Gummi Worms—and 2.4 with Mentos Fruit Chew and 2.2 with Sour Skittles.”

“But it gets a lot worse. These are the three worse offenders—Altoids Mango Sours score a ph1.9 while Wonka Fun Dip Powder gets down to ph1.8. The worst is WarHeads Sour Spray, only 0.6 less acid than battery acid.”

Are you surprised that sour candy could do that much damage? Does that chart make you think twice about which candy you’ll be putting in stockings or letting your child choose?

29 comments Add your comment

Joe Tess Fish House

November 21st, 2011
1:35 pm

HAHAHAHA!!!!! Fist!

Joe Tess Fish House

November 21st, 2011
2:04 pm

I ment first!

JJ

November 21st, 2011
2:09 pm

Just eliminate candy all together….its not good for you anyway….you can find other things to put in your kids’ christmas stocking. They get enough for easter and Halloween, no need for christmas…

JJ

November 21st, 2011
2:10 pm

OR take their halloween candy and put it in their stockings…..problem solved.

Sorry, Goe T. Phish...

November 21st, 2011
2:12 pm

…being phirst on this site is not much of a goal…

jarvis

November 21st, 2011
2:16 pm

A grapefruit is 3.65. A lime is 2.88, and a lemon is 2.75.

Figment

November 21st, 2011
2:44 pm

Just remember to brush your teeth! Drinking water after candy, eating, etc is a good idea too.

JJ

November 21st, 2011
2:44 pm

I don’t understand the need to give candy to children as presents……

jarvis

November 21st, 2011
3:07 pm

Surprisningly, with the exception of the “Sour Spray” from a pH standpoint the FDA would tell you that none of these candies are any worse for your teeth than most fruits particularly berries and grapes….and oddly Lobster Bisque.

http://www.pronamel.us/pdfs/FDA%20pH%20of%20Foods%20April%202007-optimized.pdf

Just make them brush their teeth after they eat.

Anat

November 21st, 2011
3:18 pm

Cheveux dame linge mauvaises herbes est plutôt muet.

New to Atlanta

November 21st, 2011
3:26 pm

Really? Candy is bad for our teeth?

People don’t honestly know this?

Thanks for the informative blog……..Now that you insulted our intelligence.

jarvis

November 21st, 2011
3:33 pm

Hair lady clothes weed is pretty dumb.

JJ

November 21st, 2011
3:51 pm

Hair lady linens bad grasses is rather mute.

Jeb McGruder

November 21st, 2011
3:58 pm

Belettes déchiré ma chair

David

November 21st, 2011
4:09 pm

Life is too short! Eat candy and be happy!

BreezyATL

November 21st, 2011
4:13 pm

Slow news day…

Virginian

November 21st, 2011
4:16 pm

Gizmodo is a blog that attracts about 1.5 million unique visitors a month, just short of the 1.9 million AJC.com draws. Pass the gummy bears.

jarvis

November 21st, 2011
4:24 pm

Weaseling out of things is important to learn. It’s what separates us from the animals! Except the weasel.

GTJason

November 21st, 2011
4:32 pm

Yeah which is why your saliva is full of enzymes and buffers to keep the pH of your mouth the same. Also within saliva is water which significantly lowers pH by diluting the acid which is why you can drink a coke. This is a non-issue

JATL

November 21st, 2011
4:52 pm

My two boys will do just about anything for sour gummy worms, and they both get stellar reports from the dentist. I’m a grapefruit addict with no enamel problems. Somehow I don’t think this is that big of a deal. Candy isn’t the greatest thing for teeth and never has been. Brush and floss often -and enjoy some gummy worms or lemonheads once in awhile if it floats your boat.

Homer

November 21st, 2011
4:58 pm

So sour candy is NOT as bad as battery acid? WOO HOO!

Jeff

November 21st, 2011
5:24 pm

They vey well may be. But here’s my thing; the indecent trend in making everything (it seems) into a comparison in extremes is more likely to get me to ignore everything you say afterward. For example; texting is 10 times (or whatever figure the latest study claims) worse than drunk driving.

Really? Eating a piece of candy is as bad as battery acid? You just lost any credibility.

Patrick

November 21st, 2011
5:57 pm

All these years, I had believed that sugar was bad for your teeth, but I learned recently that it was actually the acid that’s bad.

A lot of our favorite foods have different levels of acid. The worst offenders are citrus and tomatoes. Not only that, but if you have frequent heartburn or acid reflux, that can be bad for your teeth. My dentist suggests one of two things: First, if you can, take a heartburn preventative, like Prilosec. Second, chew gum. Not just any gum, but sugar-free gum where the substitute is xylitol.

Deepdiver

November 21st, 2011
6:23 pm

Patrick, it is either the acid you eat or the bacteria in your mouth (on your teeth) fermenting sugar into lactic acid that eats away the enamel.

Fred

November 21st, 2011
11:15 pm

Hell, my girl is still on baby teeth, screw the acid. I’m gonna load her up on candy filled with it, she’ll be losing them puppies anyways, might as well make good use of the time……………….

MomOf2Girls

November 22nd, 2011
7:48 am

While brushing your teeth is obviously a good idea, it should not be done immediately after teeth have come into contact with acid (food or otherwise – think stomach bug). Acid softens the enamel, and when you brush while the enamel is still soft, you are brushing away the enamel as well. You need to wait about an hour for everything to get back to normal, then you can brush.

Goober

November 25th, 2011
5:42 pm

What the heck is PH?
And is there a cure for it?

GA_Observer

November 25th, 2011
5:44 pm

We clearly need a new government agency to study this. BS studies, that is.

Spyro

November 25th, 2011
6:14 pm

I love the stretch the title of this makes. Yes, let’s compare candy to something that will kill you! Great way to get hits!