As you may already know, sugar is bad for your teeth because it promotes tooth decay and other dental issues. This is why Halloween can be such a scary holiday for your smile. However, there are ways you can care for your smile and enjoy the holiday at the same time, and our Victoria Pediatric Dental & Orthodontics team is happy to help you do so!
If you keep up on oral hygiene and be careful with the treats you put in your mouth, you’ll be on the right track. To help you, we have provided lists of good and bad treats for your chompers:
-Sugar-free candy and gum: Sugar-free treats are the best Halloween treats available because they don’t contain sugar. Sugar is a harmful substance that feeds on the bacteria in the mouth and promotes tooth decay. Sugar-free treats also usually contain xylitol, which is a substance that can protect the teeth and reduce the acids in the mouth.
-Powdery candy: It might be surprising, but powdery candy is one of the better treats available. This is because the candy dissolves quickly and it doesn’t stick to the teeth.
-Chocolate: Chocolate doesn’t usually stay in the mouth for a long period of time, which is why it’s one of the better treats to eat. It dissolves quickly and it can be eaten easily, which decreases the amount of time the sugar stays in contact with the teeth. However, chocolate with fillings, like caramel and nuts, is more dangerous for the smile.
-Hard candy: Hard candy is harmful for the teeth because it’s usually in the mouth for a long period of time, mostly because it’s natural to suck on hard candies. Also, chomping down on hard candies can chip or crack your teeth.
-Chewy or sticky candy: Chewy or sticky candies are harmful for your smile because they are extremely high in sugar and they tend to stick to the teeth for a long period of time. Also, chewy and sticky candies are more difficult to break down with saliva.
For more information and details about how to have a smile-healthy Halloween in Victoria, TX, please feel free to call our office today at (361) 433-4704. Your dentist, Dr. Dr. Manshadi, Dr. Roden-Johnson, Dr. Afridi, and Dr. Rugama, and our dental team are happy to help you!