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 it comes to candy consumption, keep everything in moderation. Because not all candy is created equal.
If you get these candies, you’re on the right track…
- 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.
And now, for the worst candies in your pillowcase…
- Sticky, chewy candies such as gummy candy, caramels and taffy get stuck to your teeth easily. A rule of thumb: 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.
- Jawbreakers are so hard they can chip a tooth.
Make sure to brush and floss your teeth after indulging in your Halloween treats. If you can’t brush right away, rinse with water to help loosen some of the residue left behind.
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.