It’s that Time of Year Again! All the ghouls and goblins are out in force, invading the neighborhoods in search of their yearly bounty of sweet, sugary (decay fueling) treats.
As a good parent, you might be tempted to severely limit your child’s intake of candy this year because – after all, it really does no favors for your teeth. The sugars quickly break-down into fuel for plaque and decay that slowly eat away at mini Tony Stark’s bright, shiny superhero teeth.
But where’s the fun in that?
With a little moderation and care, your entire family can enjoy Halloween to its fullest without putting your teeth in grave danger.
This year, our dentists in Garden Grove recommend you steer clear of some candies while gravitating to others.
Chocolate: Fortunately for many trick or treaters, chocolate – one of the most popular candies this season – is also one of the better candies for your teeth. Sure, it has sugar – and you’ll want to be sure you rinse and brush well. But chocolate washes away from your teeth much easier. For an even healthier (but not totally healthy) option, opt for dark chocolate.
Hard Candy: Hard candy is the popular candy that our dentists warn Anaheim and Garden Grove families about every year. First of all. They’re HARD. They can even break your teeth in some circumstances. But on top of that, they’re designed to last longer. Which means their sticky, sugary sweetness stays in your mouth for longer too – which can contribute to decay and cavities.
Sour Candy: Not only is sour candy often hard candy too, but it also tends to be coated in sugar with a rather high amount of acid. Unfortunately, that means the acid can give decay a jump-start by weakening the outer shell of your teeth.
Gummy Candies: There’s a saying when it comes to candy – “If it’s sticky, be picky” because gummy candy can often be some of the worst for your teeth. This is due to the way it can stick into the nooks and crannies of your teeth – giving it more time to weasel its way on to cavity-town.
While it’s clear that most candies aren’t good for your teeth. Remember – with good oral hygiene habits and common sense, your family’s teeth will survive a candy feast here and there. But to help, here’s a couple bonus tips:
Don’t buy a big bag of your favorite candy: You’re only asking for trouble
Brush and floss together: Brushing your teeth and working your way through an oral hygiene routine with your children is the best way to encourage positive brushing habits for life.