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Picture some things you shouldn’t chew on: pen caps, lollipop sticks and maybe even ice come to mind. But what about solid candies? Although jawbreaker candies, unlike most of that list, are edible, their hard structure is too difficult 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 for oral surgery. During this time of year, implement the following to keep each of your teeth protected and in one piece.

While we don’t mean to single out any one kind of candy or food, hard candies are notorious for cracking teeth. Their sugary-sweet shell is tasty enough to make you want to chomp into them out of impulse, but that’s actually the worst thing you can do. Even if you’ve been sucking on the candy for a while, it might still be too tough to bite through; recognizing when it’s soft enough can be tough, and that’s what makes hard candies so dangerous. If you do give your children hard candies, make sure to monitor them as they eat them; but it is probably easiest to skip them outright.

Dr. Keith Kitchens and their team can be reached at 770-569-7580, so pencil in your visit with the Alpharetta, Georgia, Windward Dental Care location by contacting them.