Fall paves the way for one of the biggest candy holidays of the year: Halloween.
But, when it comes to your sweet tooth, it’s important to understand the effects candy has on your teeth. First Hill Dental Center in Seattle is here to help you better understand what different types of candy does to your teeth. Then, after you and your family have indulged this Halloween, consider scheduling your routine dental cleaning with our dentist!
Understanding Candy & Your Teeth
We know that it isn’t news that eating candy is bad for your teeth. We also know that, as dentists, we can’t tell anyone to stop enjoying candy — especially around Halloween. Instead, we want you to understand what different candy can do to your teeth and learn how to take proper care of your teeth after you’ve given in to your sweet tooth.
Learn more about how different types of candy can affect your teeth, and what to do to keep your teeth healthy.
It’s not surprising that hard candy isn’t a great choice for your teeth. Not only is it hard enough to break your teeth if you bite down on it, but it also sits in your mouth for a long period of time. This gives the sugar in that candy time to interact with the bacteria that’s in your mouth, causing damage to your enamel.
When you’re done with your hard candy, make sure you brush your teeth to remove any excess sugar and prevent further damage.
Gummy bears. Gummy worms. Gummy octopi. Taffy. The options are neverending when it comes to candy that is sticky or gummy. But all of these choices can also do damage to your teeth. Since their consistency is so tacky, pieces of that candy can get stuck between your teeth. They can also pull at any fillings or dental work you have on your teeth.
As you chew or bite sticky candy, be careful to protect any dental work you have. On top of that, floss between your teeth to remove any excess candy when you’re done eating!
Sour candy is a staple item that will be sure to make an appearance in any Halloween candy bag. But the sour on that candy is extremely acidic and, like other sugary candy, can interact with the bacteria in your mouth, damaging your enamel. Like with the other candies, be sure to brush your teeth when you’re done!
Sugar-free candy doesn’t have the same impact on your teeth as high-sugar candy. But they can also cause tooth decay if you eat too much — along with some stomach pains. While there’s not sugar in this type of candy, there are still high levels of acid that isn’t great for tooth enamel.
If you’re looking for an alternative to sugary candy, a sugar-free alternative is a great way to go. Just make sure you brush your teeth and enjoy in moderation (after Halloween is over)!
Chocolate candy is very different from the other candy we’ve talked about because it’s not hard, sticky, or chewy. This makes it a better choice than the other candy we’ve mentioned.
If you’re also looking for a healthier candy choice, you can’t get much better than dark chocolate. Dark chocolate actually contains different types of nutrients that are good for your health.
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No matter what kind of candy you enjoy this Halloween, just make sure you also prioritize your teeth health. Drink plenty of water to flush that extra sugar from your mouth and brush after eating any type of candy to keep your teeth clear and free of sugar or acid.
If all of this talk of candy and your teeth reminds you that it’s time for a trip to the dentist, schedule an appointment at First Hill Dental Center in Seattle. Our dentist is here to help keep your teeth strong and healthy.
And, while you’re here, make sure you read through our blog for more information about proper dental hygiene: