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Think about things that you aren’t supposed to chew on: pen caps, lollipop sticks and maybe even ice come to mind. But what about hard candies? Although jawbreaker candies, unlike most of that list, are edible, their hard structure is too tricky to chew on, and if you do chew on them, you could end up fracturing your tooth and have to spend some time with us 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 want to single out any one variety of candy or food, hard candies are notorious for cracking teeth. Their sugary-sweet shell is delicious enough to make you (and your children) want to bite into them out of impulse, but that’s actually the worst thing that you could do. Even if you’ve been sucking on the candy for a while, it might still be too solid to press your teeth through; recognizing when it’s soft enough can be hard, and that’s what makes hard candies so unpredictable. If you do give your children hard candies, ensure to watch them as they eat them; but it might be easiest to skip them altogether.

Dr. Linda King and their team can be reached at 770-898-8872, so make a date for your visit with the Locust Grove, Georgia, Sweet Spot Smiles practice by contacting them.