Toothy Tips

Home Dental Care

Brushing your teeth after every meal will help keep your smile bright. Flossing every day will keep your gums healthy and ensure you have beautiful teeth well into adulthood. Your Camp Smile doctors want you to avoid beverages, food and candy that have high sugar content or acidity. And be sure to have dental cavities treated or managed promptly in order to avoid later dental problems.

Parents, ensure your new infant develops healthy teeth by wiping their mouth out with a clean, damp washcloth before bed. And never put your child to bed with a bottle that has anything but water in it.

Nutritional Tips

Whole foods typically produce less damaging acid, but there is no food that makes toothbrushing and flossing unnecessary. Does your child enjoy candy? Enjoyment in moderation can be OK, but you should know the dental consequences. Check the tables below for your child’s favorite candies and sodas — you may want to consider the damage they can cause before encouraging consumption of the candies below.

Candy Acidity Chart

1g candy/5mLwater pH (acidity)
pH at which teeth lose enamel 4.0
Spree 3.0
Sweetarts 3.0
Big Stuff Pacifier sucker 3.0
Sour Gummi Bears 3.0
X-treme Airheads 3.0
Sour Punch Straws 2.5
Shockers 2.5
Skittles 2.5
Baby Bottle Pop powder 2.5
Brach’s Gummi Bears 2.5
Sqwigglies Gummi Worms 2.5
Wonka Laffy Taffy 2.5
Starburst 2.4
Sweet Tarts Shock 2.4
Lemon Heads 2.4
Mentos fruit chew 2.4
Warheads Sour Rips Roll 2.3
Lollipop Paint Shop 2.2
Zours 2.2
Sour Skittles 2.2
Airheads cherry chew 2.2
Wonka Nerds grape 2.0
Now and Later cherry chew 1.9
Too Tart Extra Sour Goo 1.9
Wonka Pixy Stix powder 1.9
Altoids Mango Sours 1.9
Wonka Fun Dip powder 1.8
Warheads Sour Spray 1.6
Battery Acid 1.0

Soda Acidity Chart

  pH (acidity) tsp
pH at which teeth lose enamel 4.0  
Pure Water 7.0 (neutral) 0.0
Barq’s 4.61 10.7
Diet Barq’s 4.55 0.0
Diet 7Up 3.67 0.0
Sprite 3.42 9.0
Diet Dr. Pepper 3.41 0.0
Diet Coke 3.39 0.0
Diet Mountain Dew 3.34 0.0
Grape Minute Maid Soda 3.29 11.9
Mountain Dew 3.22 11.0
Fresca 3.20 0.0
Orange Slice 3.12 11.9
Diet Pepsi 3.05 0.0
Nestea 3.04 5.0
Surge 3.02 10.0
Gatorade 2.95 3.3
Dr. Pepper 2.92 9.5
Squirt 2.85 9.5
Hawaiian Fruit Punch 2.82 10.2
Orange Minute Maid Soda 2.80 11.2
Coke Classic 2.53 9.3
Pepsi 2.49 9.8
Battery Acid 1.0 0.0
*Laboratory tests, University of Minnesota
  School of Dentistry, 2000
**USDA: 4.2 grams = 1 tsp sugar

These candies and sodas are damaging to enamel!