With Halloween fast approaching many of us are already thinking about candy! If you’ve been brushing twice a day and flossing once a day – you shouldn’t have to worry about the occasional splurge. Nevertheless, minimize possible harm from any sweets, by following a few tips on how to eat candy:
Chocolate, especially dark chocolate is probably your best option. Dark chocolate has less sugar than milk chocolate, thereby offering fewer carbohydrates to the bacteria that turn sugar into harmful cavity producing acids. Chocolate also washes off your teeth easier than stickier types of candy.
Sticky and Gummy Candies
These are the worst types of candy to eat. They’re hard to remove and stay on your teeth longer. That gives harmful bacteria more time to stick around and produce acids that breakdown your enamel.
Hard candies are also problematic. Not only do they stay in your mouth for a long period of time as you suck it down, but they also cause physical damage. Even though it’s just candy, they can fracture teeth if bitten into too early.
Sour and sweet is a double whammy. The presence of sugar combined with the acids of a sour treat creates an extra harmful oral environment, accelerating the tooth decay process.
Popcorn Balls are sticky, sugary and can be hard. They get stuck between your teeth as well. A better version of this snack is just popcorn by itself!
Minimize exposure to sweets, play it smart and have a great Halloween! If you want to learn more about healthy snacks to hand out for Halloween, visit this article on 7 Tooth-Friendly Halloween Treats.
Make sure to brush your teeth after snacking on any leftover candy, too! Brushing, swishing with water and flossing are the best ways to remove the sugar as quickly as possible. If you want an extra cleaning after the eventful Halloween night, call Vacendak Dentistry and schedule an appointment!