Halloween is around the corner, which for most children means bags of free candy and a chance to build a stockpile of sweets. And the sugar in those treats can play some unwanted tricks on your teeth if you’re not careful.
But don’t hang up your costume just yet. Halloween is about candy, dressing up and having fun. It’s okay to eat candy on Halloween as a splurge as long as you’re brushing twice a day and flossing once a day all year long.
To help you sort through the trick-or-treat bag, we have a rundown of some common candies and their impact on your teeth.
Chocolate: Chocolate is probably your best bet, which is good because it’s also one of the most popular kinds of candy handed out on Halloween. Chocolate is one of the better candies because it washes off your teeth easier than other types of candy. Dark chocolate also has less sugar than milk chocolate.
Sticky and Gummy Candies: Be picky if it’s sticky. These are some of the worst candies for your teeth. This candy is harder to remove and may stay longer on your teeth, which gives that cavity-causing bacteria more time to work.
Hard Candy: Hard candies are also ones to watch on Halloween because they can actually break your teeth if you’re not careful. You also tend to keep these kinds of candies in your mouth for longer periods of time so the sugar is getting in your saliva and washing over your teeth.
Sour Candy: You might want to pass on things that make you pucker, especially if they are sticky and coated in sugar. Sour candy can be very acidic, and that acidity can weaken and damage the hard outer shell of your teeth, making your teeth more vulnerable to cavities.
Popcorn Balls: Have some floss handy if you’re enjoying one of these fall favorites. Kernels can get stuck in-between your teeth and they are also sticky, sugary and can be hard.
Practice good dental care at Halloween and year round. Regular visits to your dentist can help prevent problems from occurring and catch those that do occur early, when they are easier to treat. When was your last visit? If it’s been a while – don’t put it off – call our office today to schedule an appointment!