What to eat and what to avoid at the movies
Updated: 7/25/2012 6:00:01 PM
When people head out to the movies this summer, they may visit the concession stand to pick up some treats. Unfortunately, many of these snacks can be damaging to a person's dental health. This is why the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD) recently released a statement explaining what movie theater treats are safe for teeth and which should be avoided.
According to the AACD, sour snacks are the worst offenders at the movies. That's because these candies contain high amounts of citric, fumaric and malic acids, which may wear away at tooth enamel. Next, caramels stick to the teeth and can be extremely difficult to remove, even with a thorough brushing. Furthermore, caramels can pull out fillings and crowns from the teeth, so it's best to avoid them.
However, not all treats at the movie theater are threats to the teeth. The AACD recommends that movie-goers choose dark chocolate, which is the least processed chocolate and is packed with antioxidants. Also, cheese nachos may not be low-calorie, but they are a better option than sugary candy for people who are concerned about their teeth.
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