It’s not realistic for most people to completely avoid sugary treats. Eating sweets at certain times is better for your teeth than others. This is good news for people with a sweet tooth who are minding their dental health.
For instance, when you eat a full meal, your saliva production increases. This helps to rinse food particles from your mouth as well as neutralize the acids that cause plaque. Sweets consumed after meals have a lower risk to your teeth because your mouth is already in a better condition for cleaning. Dentists agree that sweets after meals are preferable to sweets eaten between meals as snacks.
Additionally, remember that the type of treat is as essential as when you eat it. Dentists are constantly reminding their dental patients that sticky candies stay on your teeth for a long time, even when your saliva is flowing. And hard candies that you suck for an extended time give bacteria a perfect environment to create dangerous enamel-weakening acids.
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