Are you a candy eater? Do you prefer to eat sweet snacks on a consistent basis? If this is the case for you, then you could be setting yourself up for dental issues down the road. Yes, we all know that candy causes cavities, but the actual cavity doesn’t form right after you eat the candy. Cavities manifest from months and months of dental abuse whether you’re gobbling down chocolate bars, or you’re gnawing on Jolly Ranchers. Halloween is one of the most popular holidays in America, and this holiday is all about getting as much candy as possible. Most people will snack on this candy for months after the holiday has passed. This is a consistent dose of sugar and acid that comes various flavors.

Did you know that it would be better to eat most of your sweets at one time rather than eat the sweets over a period of time? That’s right! Of course, eating a lot of sweetening at once isn’t necessarily good for you, but there’s a method to the madness. Sugar and starches will create a breeding ground for bacteria, especially if you don’t clean your teeth properly. If left unchecked, sugar and starches will turn into plaque. Once plaque has formed, the fireworks are sure to begin in the future. This bacteria will eat away at the structure of your teeth. This is when cavities start to manifest, and cavities will cause your teeth to break apart overtime. Deep cavities in the tooth’s structure can put you on a fast track to more profound dental issues like route canals. Brushing and flossing after each candy-eating session can drastically decrease the formation of cavities, but most people aren’t consistent enough to partake in this progressive action.

This is why it would be better to eat your sweets in a marathon session. Chocolate is created with plenty of sugar, but chocolate can easily be removed because of its soft structure. Sweets such as hard candies and caramel tend to stick around longer because of their sticky structure. It really doesn’t matter how much you eat at one given time. The problem comes from how long the sugar and starches sit on your teeth. There are buyback programs for Halloween candy, which is a great way to get rid of all the extra candy. The moral of the story is basically stating that you can enjoy sweet snacks on a regular basis, but you most definitely will need to stay proactive with brushing/flossing your teeth afterwards.

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