Halloween is supposed to be fun, but when it comes to all the candy, you can definitely have too much of a good thing. If the extra sugar in your diet leads to cavities and other issues lurking in your mouth, then the holiday can go from fun to frightening pretty quickly.
So along with your dental checkups, take a look at these teeth-friendly tips from your friends at McRae Family Dental that can keep you and your little ghosts and goblins smiling!
Stay Away From Candy That’s Hard Or Sticky
It’s not uncommon for us to repair lots of fillings and other restorations this time of year that were damaged or loosened by gooey, sticky candy. These sorts of sweets cling to teeth for too long, giving bad bacteria plenty of time to consume the sugary residue and generate harmful acids that will eat through your tooth enamel.
Another common cause of dental damage is from hard candy like jawbreakers and suckers. Biting down and munching on hard candy can chip, crack, or break a tooth or restoration. While we do offer assistance for dental emergencies, you definitely don’t want to deal with those unexpected problems at Halloween.
Softer candy like chocolate bars are the safer choice because they dissolve more easily in your mouth and can be washed away more easily, as well, by saliva, a water rinse, and brushing.
Consider Alternatives To Candy
You can also make life easier by limiting the temptation of Halloween candy laying around the house and, instead, pass out alternative treats like:
- Small juice boxes
- Sugarless gum in a variety of flavors
- Chocolate-covered raisins or nuts
- Individually-packed fruit snacks, crackers, or pretzels
- Halloween-themed pencils in fun assorted colors
- Stickers, glow sticks, vampire fangs, and other fun non-edible treats
Schedule Your Next Dental Cleaning!
No matter what time of year it is, your best defense against tooth decay and other oral health problems is to visit us at least twice a year to have your teeth cleaned.
It allows us to spot potential issues early so we can take care of them before they become serious, and you always walk away with a fresh, clean mouth!
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