Find Dentist NYCTwinkies, the magically sweet treat that every kid wants to sink their teeth into. Unfortunately, this pastry turned cult classic, is full of nothing good for you. Have you ever eaten a Twinkie and had your teeth hurt? They’re screaming from the onslaught of sugar!

The future of Twinkies, and other Hostess products, is still up in the air. Unless someone decides to buy the Twinkies name and everything that comes with it, you may have to find an alternative. This is a great opportunity to make the foamy yellow sensation at home and alter the recipe to a somewhat healthy snack. I know, this sounds crazy, but with all the sugar and fat in one of America’s favorite treats, you will be doing your belly and your teeth a favor. With some 500 million Twinkies produced a year, each packing 150 calories, the American diet will be shaving 75 billion calories off of their hips.

You may remember that day in science class when your teacher put a tooth in a cup of soda. What happened? The tooth dissolved! That’s because of all the sugar that acts as an acid and attacks your teeth. Every time you eat something sugary, the resulting attack can last up to 20 minutes. The naturally occurring bacteria in your mouth use sugar as energy to stick to your teeth causing plaque build up and eventually cavities.

The best thing you can do is avoid eating sugary treats altogether. However, that may be an unrealistic goal, especially with the holidays upon us. If you do decide to indulge, make sure you brush your teeth at least twice a day, especially right after you treat yourself to dessert. The longer you let the sugary residue remain on your teeth, the more damage it can cause to the enamel and gums, potentially leading to cavities and other oral health issues.