Halloween is coming up and everyone is excited to pick out a costume, grab a bag and go get some delicious candy! SWEET!
There’s nothing wrong with making an exception once a year and go sugar crazy, right?
Well, the sugar in those treats can play some unwanted tricks on your teeth if you’re not careful.
As excited as you may be just thinking about all the Halloween candy, you know who gets even more excited? The bacteria in your mouth. When the bacteria eat the sugar and leftover food in your mouth, a weak acid is produced. That acid is what can contribute to cavities.
But don’t worry, we got your back and will let you know how to make the best of this Halloween and still keep a healthy smile.
First of all, don’t forget to brush twice a day and floss once a day all year long.
Here is a rundown of some common candies and their impact on your teeth:
Chocolate is probably your best bet, which is good because it’s also one of the most popular kinds of candy handed out on Halloween. Chocolate washes off your teeth easier than other types of candy. Keep in mind that if you choose dark chocolate over milk chocolate you’ll also be consuming a lot less sugar.
Sticky and Gummy Candies
Be picky if it’s sticky. These are some of the worst candies for your teeth. It’s harder to remove and may stay longer on your teeth, which gives that cavity-causing bacteria more time to work.
Hard candies are also ones to watch on Halloween. They can break your teeth if you’re not careful. You also tend to keep these kinds of candies in your mouth for longer periods of time so the sugar is getting in your saliva and washing over your teeth.
You might want to pass on things that make you pucker – especially if they are sticky and coated in sugar. Sour candy can be very acidic, which can weaken and damage the hard outer shell of your teeth, making your teeth more vulnerable to cavities.
Have some floss handy if you’re enjoying one of these fall favorites. They are sticky, sugary and can be hard.”
Also keep in mind: when it comes to your teeth, the quantity of sugar you eat is less dangerous than the frequency. One big dessert will hurt your teeth less than snacking on candy throughout the day.
Maybe don’t eat all your treasure at once, save it and have it little by little and make Halloween last longer.
*Info source: American Dental Association – ADA