How to Keep Teeth Healthy On Halloween
Updated: Oct 19, 2020
Halloween might look a little different this year, but it is still one of the best times of year for candy lovers! Unfortunately, bacteria that live in our mouths also love the sugar rush Halloween brings. Here are some things to know about Halloween candy and your oral health.
How does sugar affect teeth?
You probably already know that candy is packed with sugar and that can damage your teeth. But how does that happen? Sugar can have several types of sugar that bacteria in the mouth love. When bacteria eat sugar, they create acid as a byproduct, and these acids lead to cavities. Bacteria also use sugars to create an environment that makes it easier to live on teeth and attack your enamel. Now that’s scary!
What can I do about sugar’s damage?
The best way to avoid harmful effects of sugar is, of course, to limit your sugar intake. But, if you or your little ones do indulge in sweet Halloween treats, here are a few ways to help combat some of sugar’s effects on your teeth:
Brush your teeth for two minutes twice per day, especially after consuming lots of sugar, like many people do on Halloween.
Floss one to two times per day, focusing on massaging the gumline and gently scraping the teeth.
Use a fluoride rinse or mouthwash to help kill harmful bacteria and strengthen enamel.
Visit your dentist at least twice per year for a checkup and regular dental cleaning.
Candies to Avoid
When it comes to your teeth, not all candies are made equal. We suggest you avoid hard candy that stays in your mouth for a long time, like lollipops, as this increases the time your teeth are exposed to sugar that bacteria love, and chewing hard candies could damage your teeth. Sour candy is another one to watch out for because the citric acid that’s often in sour candies wears away enamel that protects your teeth.
Sticky candy, such as taffy or gummies, tend to cling to your teeth and are harder for saliva to wash away. Plus, if the candy is super sticky, it can even rip out or damage fillings or other dental devices. If you have the option, sugarless candy can be a better alternative.
We wish you a very happy Halloween season! And if your teeth need some professional attention, give us a call for your next appointment! (772)388-5264