Ways to Decrease Your Chance of Getting a Cavity While Enjoying Candy
I know you are busy and are trying to make moves. You really don’t want another bill right now. You just want to go to the dentist and have a checkup and hear your dentist say “Good news, no cavities today.”
Halloween is coming and you know that there is going to be an abundance of candy between the kids and work. And you know that your coworkers are going to bring in tasty treats with all of the festive holidays approaching.Don’t let Halloween candy be job security for your dentist. Let me show you ways to enjoy candy and avoid cavities.Click To Tweet
I always joke that Halloween is job security because there will be someone that will binge on the candy and forget to brush like they normally do and in a few months developing a cavity that I will have to fix.
Cavities are the number one thing that I am fixing at work. And I am sure it is the number one thing that you are trying to avoid for your self and the family.
I don’t want this to be you. There are some habits that you can develop to help decrease your chances of getting a cavity even without all of the leftover Halloween candy around.
Let me show you.Let me show you how to enjoy that leftover Halloween cavity and avoid developing a cavity.Click To Tweet
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How do you get a cavity?
Really quick, let me explain to you how cavities develop. Many times people think it is the sugar that is causing the cavities, but it is actually the bacteria in your mouth that is the culprit.
Just like you hear about the bacteria in your gut and you want to maintain the good bacteria with probiotics and all of that fun stuff. Same thing applies to your mouth. There are bacteria in your mouth that enjoy the candy just as much as you do. As a result, the bacteria produce acid as a by-product. This acid is what destroys the tooth structure and causes cavities.
Now that you know how cavities start, you can see why you always heard “don’t eat so much sugar or else you will get a cavity!”
Frequency and Duration
Now I know you want to enjoy some of the leftover Halloween candy and the delicious holiday desserts that are coming the next few weeks without the guilt or worry about developing a cavity before your next dentist visit next year. Before I share a few tips on habits to incorporate, know this …
Frequency and duration are huge. What I mean is how many times throughout the day you are eating and how long it takes to consume your food or snack are key. I want you to enjoy the sweets and treats, but be mindful of how many times you are eating throughout the day and how long it takes you to consume it.Be mindful of how many times you are eating throughout the day and how long it takes you to consume the sweet stuff.Click To Tweet
Avoid hard candy
When choosing the candy out of the container at work, avoid the hard candies. The longer the sugary candy is in your mouth the higher the chance to develop a cavity. Now, I know you are not going to run to the restroom to the brush your teeth every time you are done eating, so stay away from the hard candies. Remember, frequency and duration. Hard candies have the longest duration. If you have to cut something out it would be the hard candies.
Treats with meals
Eat candy or treats with meals or after meals. During meals saliva in your mouth increases. The increase in salvia is to help break down your food as well as make it easier for things to go down. The increase in saliva also helps to neutralize acids that are produced by the bacteria in your mouth. This, in turn, helps decrease the chance of the acid has to start a cavity.To decrease the chance of getting a cavity, avoid hard candy or eat it with or after meals.Click To Tweet
Stay away from sticky candies
Avoid sticky candies! I know, they are my favorites too. The stickier the candy, the longer it stays on your teeth, the higher the chance to develop cavities. Similar to hard candy, it takes longer to consume giving it more time to cause potential problems.
Chew gum after
Chewing gum, in particular, gum with xylitol, helps to increase saliva and neutralize acids. The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends chewing gum for 20 minutes after meals to help reduce the chances of cavities. Now I mentioned xylitol. You may be thinking, “Xylitol??”
Xylitol is a natural sugar the actually prevents the bacteria from producing the acid that causes the cavities. One of my favorites is Trident.
If you don’t like the gum with xylitol, just make sure that you got sugar free gum. Chewing gum after you said that is the last piece of candy will help keep filling out of your future.
Wrapping this up
There are products that can help with remineralizing the areas that have undergone what I like to call the acid destruction. Flouride is a big player in helping to remineralize your teeth and help keep your teeth strong when the bacteria have a little too much fun. If you make pay attention to the frequency of consuming candy and how long it takes to consume it, you can avoid a cavity while making your taste buds happy. Remember to avoid the sticky and hard candies and chew gum with xylitol. Don’t forget to keep up with brushing and flossing daily and you will stay cavity free!
With lots of love,