At Summer Dental in Las Vegas, we know it’s too much to ask that you never indulge in sugary treats. (Who doesn’t love cake?) But did you know that eating sweets at certain times is better for your teeth than others?
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. This is great news for dessert lovers, because it means that sweets consumed after meals have less of a chance to harm your teeth because your mouth is already in a better condition for cleaning. Sweets eaten with a meal are preferable to sugary treats eaten alone.
Additionally, remember that the type of treat is as important as when you eat it. We are constantly reminding 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.
Make no mistake: we still recommend that you limit sweets. But it’s good to know that it’s better to have them at certain times.
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