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How Does Candy Cause Tooth Decay?

We want everyone to have a safe, happy, and fun Halloween this year! But it’s also important to be aware of the dangers that candy consumption can create for your teeth. If you’re thinking about taking a little one to trick-or-treat or heading out to a party where there may be a host of sweets, we’ve got answers to your questions on how candy causes tooth decay.

kids trick or treating on halloween

How Does Candy Cause Tooth Decay?

The outer layer of our teeth is called the enamel. It’s a resilient and shiny substance on the surface of your teeth that keeps the inner layer of your teeth (the dentin) safe from damage. But when sugars mix with bacteria in our mouths, an acidic environment leaves enamel vulnerable to harm. This is when plaque, cavities, and gum disease can occur. That’s why we always recommend keeping sugar consumption to a minimum.

Best Candy to Eat for healthy Teeth

We understand Halloween comes around just once a year. It’s ok to want to celebrate with a little candy. If you want to keep it extra safe for teeth, buy sugar free candy this year. Chocolate candy is the least harmful sugar-containing candy because it cleans off of teeth easiest. The worst types of candy for teeth are chewy candies (like toffee and gummies) and hard candy. These are harder to clean off of teeth.

How Can I Prevent Cavities After Halloween?

We know you’ll want to indulge for just this one night, and that’s ok. The tricks to preventing cavities are brushing for two minutes (especially after candy consumption), drinking plenty of water, and we recommend donating the majority of leftover candy so that kids won’t be tempted to eat it. Although it’s ok to eat candy once in a while, eating candy every day is a sure way to get a cavity.

Wishing you a Happy Halloween from Romeoville Dental Center! Call us if it’s time to schedule an appointment!

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Selena Nunez
Selena Nunez
October 22, 2022.

Hands down the best dental office to receive your dental and cosmetic needs. The staff is always very friendly and welcoming. It’s also so nice knowing that they have 3 amazing doctors on staff who know their craft. No matter which provider you see, you just know you’re in great hands. My last visit was with Dr. Sheikh for Botox. She’s very thorough and has a keen eye for detail. I’m two weeks out from my Botox treatment and let me just say, my skin has never felt so smooth or looked as radiant as it does now. Always a pleasure visiting Dr. Sheikh!

Victoria esposito
Victoria esposito
October 2, 2022.

Please look no further! This entire office has their act together. I’ve been seeing Dr Sheikh and she is so patient and gentle.She is also a perfectionist and listens to your concerns and delivers options. I’ve also seen Dr Nina and Dr Patel and certainly no complaints with either of them. I’ve had 3 crowns and numerous fillings and no problems with any of the work. Thanks for building my complete confidence!

Nancy Sauer
Nancy Sauer
September 29, 2022.

Today I had a great visit at Romeoville Dental! Anna and Jaime are wonderful, and so is Dr. Nina. The desk staff are very welcoming. It's always so enjoyable to come here.

Daniel Gonzalez
Daniel Gonzalez
September 28, 2022.

Excelente servicio

Neshelle Baker
Neshelle Baker
September 25, 2022.

I love Romeoville Dental Center! I’ve been here about 4 times and had a different hygienist and dentist each time. The entire team is amazing, every single person has always been caring, gentle and friendly. I highly recommend.

Gianna Munoz
Gianna Munoz
September 24, 2022.

By far the best dentist office I’ve been to. I love the patient care and the whole staff.

Phyllis Lanphear
Phyllis Lanphear
September 24, 2022.

The office staff and dentists are just awesome!! They take time to talk with you and make you feel so comfortable.