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Think about things you shouldn’t chew on: pen caps, lollipop sticks and maybe even ice come to mind. But what about hard candies? Although hard candies, unlike most of that list, are edible, their tough structure is too tricky to chew on, and if you do chew on them, you will probably end up cracking your tooth and have to spend some time in our office. During this time of year, practice the following to keep each of your teeth secure and in one piece.

While it’s not our intention to single out any one type of candy or food, hard candies are notorious for cracking teeth. Their sugary-sweet outside is tasty enough to make you want to bite into them out of impulse, but that’s actually the last thing that you could do. Even if you’ve been sucking on the candy for a while, it may still be too tough to get through; understanding when it’s soft enough can be hard, and that’s what makes hard candies so risky. If you do give your children hard candies, make sure to monitor them as they consume them; but it may be easiest to skip them in the first place.

Dr. James Kinsel and their team can be contacted at 707-994-9414, so schedule your next checkup with the Clearlake, California, Clear Lake Dental location by calling them now.