Bittner Dental Clinic | How To Eat Sugar

It’s less a matter of how much of a cavity-causing food you eat — what matters more is how long it takes you to eat it. The shorter the exposure to teeth, the better. After the sugar is converted to acid by the bacteria in the mouth, the duration of the acid exposure to the tooth is key.

Sucking on a hard candy is far worse than eating even several slices of apple pie. That’s because it takes quite a while to finish hard candy, but a piece of pie takes minutes to polish off. Treats that you chew and swallow right away — like a slice of pie, cake, or cookie are the best choices to protect your teeth.

The longer you bathe your teeth in sugar, the more you feed the bacteria in your mouth, promoting plaque buildup and the formation of cavities.