Happy Halloween! We know this holiday is loved by many for its fun or scary costumes, but more importantly, the CANDY! Now it may seem strange, but we are here to tell you it is totally okay to indulge in the treats today (and maybe tomorrow, then thenext day). But, use good judgement and enjoy them
in moderation. Also, make sure to brush and floss very well after indulging in the sugary goodness. Check out the silly video below about a funny way to trick the kids this Halloween:
Here is Dr. Walther’s list of the TOP 3 WORST candies for your teeth this Halloween:
- Chewy/Sticky Candies (ex. Taffy, Starburst, Tootsie Rolls) – Sticky and chewy candies are particularly bad for your teeth because of their ability to stick to your teeth and potentially cause tooth decay. These treats burrow into the grooves of your teeth on the chewing surface and pose a serious threat for cavities.
- Sour Candies (ex. Sour Patch Kids) – Sour candies are harmful to your teeth because they are extremely acidic and can wear away the enamel (outer layer) of your teeth quickly, making it much more likely you might experience sensitivity (or even pain) or tooth decay.
- Hard Candies (ex. lollipops or Jawbreakers) – Hard candies could potentially damage your teeth because they usually take a long time to consume. Because of this, the sugar they contain lingers in your mouth for an extended period of time.
Now that you know the facts about your Halloween candy, it’s time to start Trick or Treating!
As always, a good home care oral hygiene routine is so important (each day, but particularly on these sugar filled holidays) to prevent tooth decay and cavities, along with your regular visits with Dr. Walther.
We hope you all have a safe, exciting and SWEET Halloween!