Halloween is creeping around the corner and we all know that our teeth and gums generally don’t get the most thought around this time of year. The holiday is usually light on the “tricks” and heavy on the “treats”. And let’s be honest, it’s not just the kids that tend to eat too much candy. The adults are sneaking a few treats from that bowl of goodies themselves. According to Delta Dental Children’s Oral Health Survey, about four-fifths of adults admit to snagging some of their children’s spoils from around the neighborhood. While we know its tough this time of year, Lifetime Family Dental has some tips provide a little damage control for your dental well-being.
1. The Magic of Disappearing Candy
The less time that a piece of candy stays in your mouth the better. The longer teeth are in contact with sugar, the more amount of time bacteria has to grow. Try to stick to candy that melts and disappears fast. Sticky candy and treats that you have to leave in your mouth for long periods of time are very bad for your teeth and gums. For example, powder based candy like sugar straws are pure sugar, but they melt quickly so they are better for your teeth than many other candies.
2. The Dark Side of Chocolate
While chocolate itself does tend to fall under the disappearing candy category because it melts quickly, what chocolate often partners up with can be dangerous. Chocolate bars often contain nuts and caramel which in combination with the chocolate can be quite harmful for your teeth.
3. Hard Candy is Hard on Teeth
There’s no real redeeming factor when it comes to hard candy health-wise. Sure it might taste good, but it is often sucked on for an extended period of time exposing your teeth to the sugar for long stretches. Not only that, biting down on hard candy can crack/chip your teeth and fillings.
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