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Eat Candy Like A Pro

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Eat Candy Like A Pro  (a dental professional ) Today, we are sharing our dentist and hygienist approved candy eating secrets. Did you know that not all candy is created equal when it comes to your dental health? Did you also know that there are steps you can take to protect your teeth from decay when eating candy?   There are many factors to consider when choosing which candy to eat. Most people will make their decision based only on which candy tastes the best or is the most fun to eat. Another factor your dentist and hygienist want you to consider is how likely is that candy to cause damage to your teeth? The longer candy stays in your mouth the more cavity causing potential it has.  Sticky candies such as taffy and hard candies like suckers and mints are ones to avoid because they linger on your teeth and in your mouth longer. 

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Our 1st candy secret: Dentists LOVE chocolate! Chocolate is usually the best pick if you are looking for a candy that is less likely to cause decay because it has a shorter retention time and in many cases, causes less of a pH change in your mouth than other candies.

Secret #2: Tooth-friendly candies exist! Zollipops and Dr. John’s are two Michigan based companies who are blazing a trail in the dentist approved candy market. You can find them on Amazon and retail stores such as Rite Aid, CVS and Target.

Our 3rd candy eating secret: You are better off eating a bunch of candy all at once instead of a smaller amount spread throughout the day. It isn’t how much candy you eat but how long it takes you to consume the candy. We want to make sure you know that we aren’t suggesting consuming excessive amounts of candy is healthy. However, as far as the health of your teeth are concerned, the more time you have candy in your mouth and in contact with your teeth, the more likely damage is to occur.

Our 4th and final candy eating secret is more of a tip than a secret. After you eat candy vigorously swish water around in your mouth. This helps to quickly remove sugar that is still on your teeth as well as bring the pH of your mouth back to neutral level, which helps to protect your teeth from damage.

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