As Halloween approaches, I’m sure all of the little ghouls and goblins are getting excited for the chance to indulge in all the sweet treats this holiday has to offer! For most children, and even some adults, Halloween means overflowing bags of free candy and unlimited access to all sorts of sweets. Unfortunately, these sweet treats that are given out are not all teeth friendly and can have devastating effects on your oral health. When candy gets stuck in the grooves of your teeth it can cause a damaging acid to form in your mouth. This acid from the candy affects the teeth 20 minutes before it’s neutralized. When it comes to candy, it is not all created equal. The following includes the best and worst Halloween candy for you and your children:
Best Candy for Teeth
- Chocolate dissolves quickly, which decreases the amount of time the sugar stays in contact with teeth. Choose your favorite chocolate but avoid the fillings like nuts or caramel, as they can damage to teeth.
- Sugar-free lollipops and hard candies stimulating saliva production, which flushes away bad bacteria from your teeth, gums and tongues.
- Sugar-free gum can help remove food particles and stimulates saliva production.
Worst Candy for Teeth
- Sticky, chewy candies such as gummy bears, starbursts, caramel and taffy get stuck to your teeth easily. The stickier the candy, the worse it is for teeth.
- Hard candy stays in your mouth for a longer period of time, drenching your mouth in sugar.
- Candy corn is full of sugar that produces acid that eats away tooth enamel.
- Sour Candy is high in acid levels, which can break down tooth enamel, especially in children.
- Jawbreakers are so hard they can actually chip a tooth.
Make sure to brush and floss you teeth after indulging in your Halloween treats. If you can’t brush right away, drink plenty of water to help loosen some of the residue left behind by Halloween candy. Brushing and flossing your teeth is a must, especially during Halloween.
For more information regarding oral health, contact Dr. Gary Wetzel in Camp Hill, PA at 717-761-8611 or visit our website at www.wetzelperio.com to learn about the services that we offer.
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