2. Eat sweets infrequently
When it comes to consuming sweet or sticky food, frequency counts as much as quantity when it comes to keeping cavities at bay. “The longer you keep those kinds of foods in your mouth, the worse it’s going to be,” explains Tony Iacopino, dean of the faculty of dentistry at the University of Manitoba. That’s because the longer you keep sugary foods in your mouth, the longer you create acidic conditions—bacteria metabolize that sugar and create acid that will wear away at your tooth enamel. Adds Dr. Botchway, “If we eat sugars frequently, we are bathing our teeth in sugar, and that means that they are in a constant state of breakdown.” Since so much of our food is processed and contains hidden sugars, we can end up eating much more of it than we anticipate.