All types of candy aren’t the same. Depending on the ingredients and consistency, candy could make your teeth more vulnerable to cavities.
- It’s best to eat candy after a meal because there’s more saliva in the mouth. Saliva helps balance the acidity produced by cavity-causing bacteria.
- Avoid snacking on sweets and candy. It’s better for your teeth to eat sugary foods at one time rather than constantly throughout the day.
- Drink water with your candy treats. Water helps clean out the bacteria in the mouth. Fluoridated water will work even better to protect the enamel on teeth.
- Clean your mouth by brushing and flossing, but don’t brush immediately after eating candy. It’s better to rinse with water and brush after about 30 minutes.
Some candy may be more or less damaging to your teeth. Here’s our advice on which ones to be careful with. Don’t forget to protect your teeth this holiday season!
Of all the sweet treats, chocolate is probably the least harmful. Dark chocolates and chocolates with nuts are best. Be careful of chocolate with added caramel or other sticky fillings.
Sugar-free gum helps increase saliva, which can wash away sticky food and combat acidity. It’s one of the less harmful treats for your teeth.
Have a safe and healthy holiday!