Halloween is around the corner. For weeks (okay, months), store shelves have been showcasing Halloween candy. Between the candy purchased to give away, and the candy brought home from trick or treating, the temptation to go on a sugar overload this month is hard to ignore. However, keep in mind that those sugary goodies can end up playing some unwanted tricks on your oral health.
The dental experts at MouthHealthy.org have put together some of the more common candies handed out on Halloween and how they might impact your teeth and gums:
Chocolate is one of the most popular Halloween candies and is one of your best options. Chocolate washes off your teeth easier than other types of candy.
Gummy Candies are harder to remove and could actually stay longer on your teeth. This gives that cavity-causing bacteria more time to work.
Hard Candy can actually break your teeth if you crunch on them, as opposed to allowing them to dissolve in your mouth. However, the longer period of time this candy is in your mouth allows the sugar to get into your saliva and wash over your teeth.
Sour Candy is often sticky and might also be coated in sugar. Sour candy can also be acidic, which can weaken and damage the hard outer shell of your teeth, making them more vulnerable to cavities. If you are going to avoid any candy this season, this would be the one to choose.
Popcorn Balls are sticky, sugary and can be hard to bite and chew. Kernels can get stuck between your teeth, so make sure you have floss nearby.
Halloween Dental Tips
Halloween is about having fun, and with the proper dental hygiene routine your family can indulge in the treats that come with this holiday. Pick your favorites and donate the rest, or bring the stash into your place of work. Avoid snacking on Halloween candy throughout the day. Enjoy a treat with meals or shortly after mealtime. Most importantly, brush and floss twice daily and don’t skip your regular dental check-up! Call Comprehensive Dental Care of Oxon Hill at (301) 567-9844 and schedule your child’s dentist appointment for before or after Halloween to prevent their teeth from unwanted cavities!