It’s Halloween, the one night a week we can dress as our favorite character and wander the street looking for free candy. Could anything be better? Unfortunately, these sweet treats given out are not exactly what one would call teeth-friendly and if you don’t keep up with your daily dental hygiene steps, it could mean a scary trip to the dentist in the future. So, before you stick those delicious sweets in your mouth, take a look at the best and the worst options:
Best Candy for Teeth
Believe it or not, but chocolate dissolves quickly, which decreases the amount of time the sugar stays in contact with teeth. However, those with nuts or caramel can damage teeth.
Sugar-free gum and candies stimulating saliva production, which flushes away bad bacteria from your teeth, gums and tongues.
Worst Candy for Teeth
A good rule of thumb: The stickier the candy, the worse it is for your 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 very hard and can actually chip a tooth.
Make sure to brush and floss your 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.
If you’d like to find out more about Halloween candy, contact Dr. Gary Wetzel at 717-761-8611 to schedule a consultation today. Or visit www.wetzelperio.com for more information.
Dr. Gary Wetzel proudly accepts patients from Camp Hill and all surrounding areas.