How to enjoy Halloween candy without increasing your risk for cavities

Along with Halloween comes a mountain of candy from trick-or-treating. However, we all know how bad sugar can be for the teeth. How do you enjoy Halloween while caring for your oral health?

Dr. Ari Moskowitz educates patients on how to protect the smile from decay while enjoying all the sugary treats Halloween has to offer!

Halloween candy

Halloween is all about the candy, and just because sugars can harm the smile, it doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy these sweet treats. Below is a list of the most common candies found in trick-or-treat bags and ways to enjoy them while reducing your risk of cavities!

  • Chocolate candy – chocolate is a candy that is commonly found in trick-or-treat bags, and can be one of the easiest to protect teeth from. Chocolate washes off the teeth easier than other candies, so drinking water immediately after consumption can help if you can’t brush your teeth right away.
  • Gummy/sticky candy – some of the worst candies for the teeth are sticky, gummy candies. Because of their texture, they can be much harder to remove from the teeth which can contribute to the formation of cavity-causing bacteria.
  • Hard candy – not only can hard candies leave sticky residue on the teeth that can create harmful acids, it can also be damaging to the teeth. Hard candies can break natural teeth and dental restorations while also leaving sugar across the surfaces of the teeth throughout the mouth.
  • Sour candy – candy that is sour is often very acidic, which can weaken and damage the natural tooth enamel. This leaves the teeth susceptible to cavities.
  • Popcorn balls – popcorn kernels have a tendency to become stuck between teeth, and popcorn balls are often sugary and sticky as well. If you consume popcorn balls, brush and floss immediately after to protect the smile.

Are you prepared for Halloween?

Connect with the team at Baltimore Periodontics, Lasers, and Dental Implants to learn more about ways to care for the smile while enjoying all your favorite candy! Call (410) 744-6088 today to request a consultation visit and initial evaluation with Dr. Ari Moskowitz, our board-certified periodontist. The office is conveniently located in Catonsville, MD at 6400 Baltimore National Pike, Ste. #200B.

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