Timing is an important factor in determining whether cavities will result from sugar consumption, which means that not all sugary food products are equally damaging.

Hard candy and chewy candy are the most likely food product to cause cavities because we spend extended periods of time sucking on them. Treats such as chocolate, on the other hand, dissolve quickly in the mouth, meaning that the sugar spends a shorter time in the mouth. Stickier candies take longer to get washed away by saliva because they tend to stick to your teeth and increase your chances of tooth decay.

How often you snack on candy also has an effect on whether you will develop cavities as a result of candy consumption. It’s best to eat candy with meals because saliva production during meals helps to cancel out some of the acids produced by bacteria after eating. Brushing your teeth after meals is also a necessity when it comes to avoiding cavities.

Tips

  • Avoid hard candies and other sweets that stay in your mouth for a long time.
  • Snack on candy less often
  • Avoid sticky candies that cling to your teeth
  • Eat candy and other sugary foods with meals, or shortly following a meal.
  • Drink more water
  • Avoid beverages containing lots of sugar, such as soda, sports drinks or flavored water
  • Chew gum that has the ADA seal –chewing sugarless gum after meals increases saliva flow and helps to wash out food.
  • Brush your teeth twice a day
  • Floss daily
  • Have regular dental check-ups