Candy That's OK for Your Teeth

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Most dentists will tell you that candy is not good for your teeth. It contains sticky sugars that cling to your teeth and encourage bacteria and acid to attack your enamel, making your teeth vulnerable and extremely causing cavities.

However, not all candies are horrible for your teeth. Enjoy some of these tooth-friendly candies to satisfy your sweet tooth without as much damage as traditional candies.

Sugar-free Hard Candy

Thanks to an awareness of diabetes and an overall desire from the public, many of your favorite hard candies are now available in sugar-free versions.

Sucking on a sugar-free hard candy can actually be great for your teeth because it stimulates saliva production, which in turn washed away plaque buildups and keeps bacteria from being able to settle on your teeth as easily.

Your local grocery store has a wide selection of sugar-free hard candies and you can find an even wider selection online.

Sugar-free Chewing Gum

The American Dental Association has been recommending the use of sugar-free chewing gum for many years as a way to subtly clean and whiten your teeth after a meal or snack when you can not brush.

Chewing gum helps to dislodge food particles after meals and encourages saliva production. Studies performed by the ADA and other wellness organizations show that chewing sugarless gum for 20 minutes after meals helps to prevent tooth decay.

Look for gums that have the ADA seal of approval.

Dark Chocolate

If you have a craving for chocolate, darker is better.

Dark chocolate has a higher concentration of cocoa solids, so it has less sugar than milk or white chocolates. Dark chocolate also contains theobromine, which has the ability to harden tooth enamel.

In addition to these benefits for your teeth, dark chocolate has a whole host of benefits for the rest of you, including improving brain function and lowering bad cholesterol. Just do not let the benefits of dark chocolate blind you to the fact that it is still best when consumed in moderation.

Powder Candies

Given that powdery candies are almost always pure sugar, it may surprise you to know that they're not actually that bad for your teeth.

These candies are typically consumed in small bits on the tongue and do not require chewing, meaning that they do not spend much (if any) time on the teeth.

They also dissolve quickly when they do hit the teeth and do not stick the way other candies can. Once again, moderation is very important with these candies, as they are still sugary. In addition, watch out for the sour varieties, which are quite acidic and therefore more corrosive.

Source by Ken Tralongo