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The Sticky Candy

Chocolates have long been blamed as the cause of cavities. Incidentally, chocolates are a part of a larger group of eatables – chocolates, chewing gum and sugar candy – which are together called ‘candy’.

Candy has been defined as ‘casual desert’. And casual food is called a ‘snack’. Therefore, casual deserts are also snacks.

Snacking on candy (chocolates, chewing gum and sugar candy) is what has led to the newer generation of children getting cavities as commonly as one catches a cold.

But parents are faced with a daunting challenge, because everyone knows that candy is here to stay. It is important to know that the longer the sugar from the candy is in contact with the tooth, the faster cavities are formed.

So, let’s quantify how good or bad different candies are for a child’s oral health. The way to do that is to know how sticky the candy is.

So, we’ll use 3 parameters:

  • Stickability = how long  the candy sticks to the tooth if no rinsing or brushing is done
  • Washability = how easily it gets washed out on rinsing
  • Brushability = how easily it comes out when brushed

☹️= stickiest 🙁= stickier 😕= sticky 😑 = partially unstuck  😄= completely unstuck

Stickability 😕 Washability 😑 Brushability 😑

☹️= stickiest 🙁= stickier 😕= sticky 😑 = partially unstuck  😄= completely unstuck

Stickability 🙁 Washability 😑 Brushability 😑

☹️= stickiest 🙁= stickier 😕= sticky 😑 = partially unstuck  😄= completely unstuck


Stickability ☹️ Washability ☹️ Brushability 🙁

☹️= stickiest 🙁= stickier 😕= sticky 😑 = partially unstuck  😄= completely unstuck

Stickability ☹️ Washability 🙁 Brushability 😑

☹️= stickiest 🙁= stickier 😕= sticky 😑 = partially unstuck  😄= completely unstuck

Stickability 😕 Washability 😑Brushability 😄

☹️= stickiest 🙁= stickier 😕= sticky 😑 = partially unstuck  😄= completely unstuck

Stickability ☹️ Washability ☹️ Brushability 🙁

☹️= stickiest 🙁= stickier 😕= sticky 😑 = partially unstuck  😄= completely unstuck

Stickability 🙁 Washability 🙁 Brushability 😑

☹️= stickiest 🙁= stickier 😕= sticky 😑 = partially unstuck  😄= completely unstuck

Stickability ☹️ Washability ☹️ Brushability 🙁

☹️= stickiest 🙁= stickier 😕= sticky 😑 = partially unstuck  😄= completely unstuck

Stickability ☹️ Washability ☹️ Brushability 🙁

☹️= stickiest 🙁= stickier 😕= sticky 😑 = partially unstuck  😄= completely unstuck

Stickability 🙁 Washability 🙁 Brushability 😑

☹️= stickiest 🙁= stickier 😕= sticky 😑 = partially unstuck  😄= completely unstuck

Mummas and Papas to share this with your children please check The Sticky Candy cheat sheet. Take a print out and stick it up on your fridge!

Download Cheat Sheet

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2020-01-11T12:12:19+05:30 By |1 Comment

About the Author:

Dr Apeksha Anand completed her BDS in 2007 and went ahead to complete her Masters in Pediatric and Preventive Dentistry. She has 6 consultation practices in Powai, Ghatkopar and Juhu. Her love for children has pushed her to diversify from pure clinical practice into educating parents about preventing dental diseases through Dentist Auntie.

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  1. Sanjiv Chopra October 16, 2019 at 05:09 am - Reply

    Grand parents, unwittingly give their grandchildren all sorts of candies, believing it to be a heartening and mutually great act of love. But, after reading about this on Dentist auntie website , I realize what a terrible act grand parents and parents have been doing. They have actually caused slow but grevious harm to their own progeny!
    Thank you Dr Apeksha Anand, for this great eye opener!!

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