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Helping Hints for Halloween

Happy Halloween from Eric and Casey Burns DDS!

Halloween is here again and candy is everywhere you turn but did you know that some candy is better than others? No candy is “good for you”, there are just some that are more likely to cause decay than others. The Candies to avoid: Sweets with a sticky or chewy consistency such as taffy, caramels, and gummy bears are some of the ones to avoid. Candies of these consistencies are REALLY likely to get stuck in the biting surfaces of teeth, and are even more likely to stay in these grooves even after brushing. This leads to tooth decay. Sour candies are next on the list. Sour candies are highly acidic and can break down tooth enamel quickly. Acidic substances lower the pH in your mouth which makes our teeth more susceptible to sugar. Next are sugary snacks, including candy corn, cookies, and cake. These all contain high amounts of sugar, which can cause tooth decay. Seems like we have eliminated almost all Halloween treats right?! Well stay hopeful there are some good ones coming up next The Candies to aim for: Sugar-free lollipops and hard candies are a substitute for all the people out there who love a quick sweet treat. These candies stimulate saliva, which can help prevent dry mouth. A dry mouth can allow plaque to build up on teeth faster, and “dry out” the teeth leading to an increased risk of cavities. Be careful though! Never crunch or bite these types of candy because that can cause teeth to fracture or break. Sugar-free gum is an option as well. Sugar-free gum has even been shown to prevent cavities when it contains xylitol. It not only dislodges food particles from between the teeth but also increases saliva production in the mouth. This works to neutralize the acids of the mouth and prevent tooth decay. Dark chocolate is the real winner. Dark chocolate has lower sugar content than milk chocolate, and it has anti-oxidants which are good for your heart. Keep in mind that everything is okay in moderation, so by no means are we recommending you go out and eat tons of dark chocolate because it’s better for you than hard, sticky candies, this is just a helpful guide for your family to keep teeth healthy and strong. Trick or Treat! For more helpful information, please visit our Website. /jr