Are you ready to trick-or-treat? Halloween weekend is here, and with that comes a lot of candy. While candy is a fun way to celebrate this spooky day, what does it mean for the health of our teeth? While candy does come with a certain dental health risk, there are things you can do to make sure your dental health doesn’t suffer. In this article, we will discuss how you can enjoy Halloween candy while protecting your teeth from all the sugar you’ll consume this weekend.
Sugar and Your Smile
The first thing we want to talk about is sugar and the effects it has on your teeth. Sugar can cause tooth decay because of how easily bacteria grows in an environment with no oxygen (a wet mouth). When you eat sugary food, this will produce acid that stays in our mouths for hours after eating a meal or snack.
If there’s no way for this acid to escape, it will eat away at the enamel of your teeth. This is why caring for your smile by practicing good dental hygiene and visiting our office regularly can prevent tooth decay and promote great dental health.
Does Candy Cause Cavities?
While candy doesn’t directly cause a cavity, these sweet snacks can definitely contribute. Candy and sugary snacks are high in sugar, which can cause cavities. However, if you take care of your teeth at home and visit our dentist for regular checkups, you can enjoy these treats without worrying too much about cavities.
What Halloween Candy Can Do Your Teeth
The American Dental Association explains that you can choose wisely when it comes to sorting through the treats you receive this Halloween. They explain what common candies can do to your teeth:
Out of all your options, chocolate is probably the best option. This is because it can wash off your teeth easier than other types of candy. Further, if you choose dark chocolate, you’ll be eating less sugar than if you eat milk chocolate.
Sticky and Gummy Candy
Sticky candy is one of the worst options for your teeth. It’s harder to remove and gets stuck on your teeth longer than other types of candy, which gives bacteria more time to wreak havoc on your smile.
Hard candies are another kind that is hard on your smile. If you’re not careful, they can actually break your teeth.
If you’re eating candy that makes you pucker, you could be damaging your teeth with all the acidity. This can weaken and damage your enamel, making it more likely that you’ll experience a cavity.
What’s the Best Way to Cut Down on Candy?
Even if we know that candy causes cavities or other dental problems, it is hard not to indulge every once in a while. To prevent too much damage to our teeth, we need a strategy that allows us to have some candy without going overboard. A few ideas include enjoying candy in moderation and choosing options with less sugar.
Caring For Your Smile
At Niles Family Dentistry, we want to make sure that you and your family have healthy smiles year-round. To keep your teeth healthy and strong, it is important for you to take good care of them at home. With that being said, follow these tips to maintain a healthy smile:
- Brush twice per day using fluoride toothpaste
- Floss once daily
- Eat a healthy diet
- Use a fluoride mouth rinse to coat and protect the teeth after brushing
- Visit our dentist for regular checkups and professional cleanings every six months
By following these dental health tips, we can all enjoy Halloween candy this year without risking the health of our teeth and gums. Moreover, the day after Halloween (November 1st) is National Brush Day. Take this day to really care for your dental health. If you’re overdue for a dentist appointment, November 1st is a great day to call us!
Make an Appointment with Niles Family Dentistry
You don’t have to skip trick-or-treating this year to care for your smile. If you want to enjoy your candy and protect your teeth this Halloween, be sure that you are taking the time to care for your smile at home. Additionally, make an appointment for a professional cleaning at Niles Family Dentistry by calling us today: (722)-744-0001. Happy Halloween from Niles Family Dentistry!