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.
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!