Did you know that not all candy is made equal? Dentists enjoy candy too and we understand you and your child are not always going to be able to avoid every temptation. But did you know that certain candies are “better” for your teeth than others?
For example, research shows that it is better for your teeth to eat a slice of cake than a few sticky candies like Jelly Beans, Laffy Taffy, or Tootsie Rolls. Why is that? Sticky foods tend to stay on your teeth longer than other foods, thus exposing your teeth to sugar for a longer period of time. Remember, high frequency of sugar intake causes the most cavities!
So, if I can’t eat sticky candies, how about hard candies? Hard candies may seem harmless to you, but they repeatedly expose your teeth to sugars for a longer period of time. Plus, they can often cause broken or chipped teeth!
What’s a better alternative than all of the above? Chew some sugarless gum that has the seal of approval by ADA (American Dental Association). Sugarless gum often replaces sugar with Xylitol which is cavity-preventing and increases saliva production. This stimulates the removal of food products on your teeth. Remember, above all, good hygiene practices are important. If you absolutely must satisfy your sweet tooth, after a piece of candy, rinse your mouth with some water, brush, and floss that sugar away carefully!