Your teeth are strong and reliable, but sometimes sugar can attack and harm your smile, which is why Halloween can be such a scary time for your teeth and gums. However, there are ways you can take care of your smile, try to prevent tooth decay, and enjoy your Halloween all at the same time.
To help you do so, our Provo Pediatric Dental team recommends brushing your teeth twice a day, flossing your smile once a day, taking advantage of fluoride, and only eating the best treats for your smile. To help you know the best and worst Halloween treats for your teeth, we have provided the following lists:
-Sugar-free candy and gum: Sugar-free treats are the best Halloween treats available because they don’t contain sugar. Sugar is a harmful substance that feeds on the bacteria in the mouth and promotes tooth decay. Sugar-free treats also usually contain xylitol, which is a substance that can protect the teeth and reduce the acids in the mouth.
-Powdery candy: It might be surprising, but powdery candy is one of the better treats available. This is because the candy dissolves quickly and it doesn’t stick to the teeth.
-Chocolate: Chocolate doesn’t usually stay in the mouth for a long period of time, which is why it’s one of the better treats to eat. It dissolves quickly and it can be eaten easily, which decreases the amount of time the sugar stays in contact with the teeth. However, chocolate with fillings, like caramel and nuts, is more dangerous for the smile.
-Hard candy: Hard candy is dangerous for the teeth because it tends to be in the mouth for a long period of time. It’s in the mouth for a long time because you usually need to suck on it to break it down. Another reason why it’s harmful is because when you chomp down on the treat, it could chip or break a tooth.
-Chewy or sticky candy: Chewy and sticky candy can be damaging to the smile because they are high in sugar and they tend to spend a lot of time being stuck to the teeth. This quickly promotes tooth decay. Chewy and sticky treats are also more difficult to break down with saliva.
To learn more about the best tooth-healthy Halloween treats in Provo, Utah, please call our office today at 801.373.4200. The sooner you call us, the sooner your dentist, Dr. Trace M. Lund & Kevin R. Markham, and our dental team will be able to help you. We look forward to hearing from you!