We all know that candy isn’t great for your teeth, but are all Halloween treats bad for your smile? Dakota Dental helps you learn which treats to avoid and offers some alternatives to keep your teeth healthy this coming Halloween.
Sugar is harmful to teeth because it fuels the bacteria in our mouth. Bacteria feeds on sugar and creates an acid that wears away the tooth’s enamel. This allows your mouth to become more susceptible to cavities on your teeth and tooth decay.
Some of the biggest cavity culprits involve treats that are both sweet and sticky, as they can easily cling to teeth and are harder to rinse away. Gummy bears and caramel each fall into this category. And when these sugary candies and caramel cling to your teeth, they create a breeding ground for bacteria.
Another category of treats to be aware of is sour candies. Again, their sugar content isn’t great for teeth, but the acidity of sour candies can also cause enamel to wear away. Hard candies are also a danger to teeth, because they provide a steady amount of sugar over a period of time.
So, what are some good options for Halloween candy, then? Though they still have sugar, treats like chocolate and fun-sized candy bars aren’t as harmful to your teeth. Why? They dissolve away more quickly than sticky caramel or hard candies. Fun-sized candy bars can also help you limit sugar intake, by allowing you to enjoy your favorite treats in moderation.
When choosing to indulge in candy this Halloween, try to avoid some of the worst culprits and enjoy your favorite treats in moderation! Be sure to keep up with taking care of your teeth by brushing, flossing, and rinsing regularly. Brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing once a day will help remove any sugary leftovers stuck on teeth. And if you’re unable to brush your teeth after having sugary snacks, try rinsing your mouth out with water to help wash away the sugar and prevent future cavities.
The dentists at Dakota Dental can provide patients with preventative dental care tips to keep their teeth healthy between dental appointments. With the holiday season approaching, now is a great time to schedule your next appointment. Contact Dakota Dental today!