Three weeks to go to Halloween and while you may be most concerned about perfecting that Game of Thrones costume, it’s also important to watch out for you and your kids’ dental health too.
If you’re going to indulge in some spooky, sugary treats, follow the tips below so you can avoid coming in for a cavity in a few months!
We’re not here to tell you not to have ANY Halloween candy, but if you do indulge during this season, here are some tips to keep your teeth healthy at the same time.
Caramel and taffy may be delicious, but they can do a number on your teeth. Stay away from these types of candies because they can stick to your teeth for longer than other foods, leading to faster decay. If you do eat caramel and taffy, rinse your mouth immediately after consuming them to wash out any remaining candy.
Not all gum is created equal. If you’re going to chew gum, choose a sugar-free version that has the American Dental Association Seal. Sugarless gum can actually improve your dental health by stimulating saliva production and reducing the amount of plaque in the gums, whereas sugary gum can accelerate tooth decay.
Hard candies like Jolly Ranchers melt more slowly than other candies, so they can pose a greater risk to your tooth enamel. Crunching down on these candies can also cause a tooth to chip, which can only be fixed with restorative dental repairs.
Sugary drinks like soda, sports drinks, and fruit juice can damage teeth. The sugar in the drinks lingers on your teeth, which encourages plaque-eating bacteria to produce the acid that damages tooth enamel. Damaged enamel does not “grow back” and can lead to long-term oral health issues. If you do drink soda, rinse with water after.
As always, flossing is important to remove candy debris and limit bacterial growth in the mouth. Floss at least once a day, especially during the busy Halloween candy season!
If you have questions about general dental care or need help teaching your children how to take care of their teeth properly, contact us at Bloom Dental in San Mateo today.