Is your family getting ready to go trick-or treating? This time of year is exciting, and your children may be excited but if you aren’t careful your teeth may not be so happy. The Hikade’s love this time of year, October, because the fun holiday spirit, but we often see many patients visiting us complaining about sore teeth.
Dick Hikade explains that it doesn’t have to be this way. This season can be different, you can actually have a great Halloween and still have fun while maintaining a great smile. Dentists in general least favorite holiday is Halloween because it celebrates candy and over consumption of sweet foods. Which often cause oral health problems, tooth decay and even bad breath.
Healthy teeth are important for a well-balanced life, which is why we put together a list of the worst Halloween candy for your teeth.
Taffy is the worst candy for your teeth, such as salt water taffy or Laffy Taffy. Basically anything that sticks, like gooey coconut and caramel. These are usually the worst type of candy for your teeth because they stick to everything inside of your mouth, especially the tiny grooves between each tooth.
Be clear that it is not sugar that actually causes cavities, it’s the fact that the sugar sticks on your mouth longer, and the bacteria can actually feed on it. This is what causes cavities.
It is not the end of the world if you choose to eat taffy, just be sure you wash your mouth out with water or mouth rinse immediately after. The best thing you can do is to actually brush your teeth right away afterwards.
The second worst type of candy is hard shell candy like lollipops our jaw breakers. These types of food and candies take a really long time to dissolve. Which means the sugar stay in your mouth much longer. The longer the food or candy stays in your mouth the more acidic it can become in your mouth which is also a breeding ground for bacteria to feed on which causes cavities and acid buildup.
Dentist in Clackamas, OR Dick Hikade really wants you to know that the type of candy you choose will play an important role on your overall health. Whether you’re giving out candy or taking your family trick-or-treating, make sure you educate your children about the types of candy and the effects on their oral health and smile.