Shrinking Snickers

Thursday, February 16th, 2012, 5:59 pm

The Mars candy company has said it will start shrinking the sizes on some popular candy including Snickers and Twix. I’m sure the price will remain the same but the company is trying to make all of its chocolate products contain 250 calories or less. This means the king-sized Snickers bar with over 500 calories will no longer be sold.

People will probably complain but  according to the company they are doing this to “enhance the nutritional content of the company’s brands and sell them in a more responsible way”.  It could also have something to do with the looming chocolate shortage that has been reported. The company has already removed 97% of the transfats from its products so it seems to be trying to be a good corporate citizen.Dark chocolate may protect oral health.

The problem with Snickers and most other candy bars from a dental point of view is not their calorie count but the fact that they are both sugary and sticky. Sticky sugar is simply a bad combination for your teeth. The sugar feeds the bacteria that live in your mouth and because of the caramel and other gooey stuff in the candy the sugar is stuck to the teeth and is not easily washed away. The bacteria create dental plaque, softening of tooth enamel and the end result can be tooth decay and gum disease.

Of course not all chocolate is bad for us. Dark chocolate has been shown to have many health benefits. Dark chocolate also seems to protect our teeth from dental plaque by inhibiting the growth of bacteria. Hurray!

The advice from Wilbanks Smile Center is to enjoy your chocolate, just try to indulge in plain dark chocolate when possible. No matter how small they shrink those Snickers bars they still won’t be health food for your smile. Brush and floss after your treats and please contact our Toccoa, GA office today at 706-886-9439 to schedule your next dental hygiene appointment.



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