The most frightening thing about Halloween to us isn’t the scary décor, creepy costumes, or nightmare-inducing horror stories, but the potential damage that consuming lots of candy can do for you and your kids’ teeth! Here are all of the top questions that we hear around this time of year.
Why is candy bad for my teeth?
One word: sugar! Sugar is highly acidic, and acidic foods and drinks are what eat away at the enamel that protects your teeth. When enamel breaks down, your teeth will develop cavities that can cause decay if left untreated. Other effects of eating too much sugar include an excess of plaque and bad breath.
What is the worst candy for my teeth?
While it’s wise to avoid anything that’s sugary, we understand that Halloween is a particularly hard day to resist the sweet stuff. Try to avoid lollipops or other candies that you have to suck on since they are more likely to coat your teeth with sugar. You should also steer clear of sticky candies like caramels that can sit on your teeth for long periods of time.
What are healthy alternatives to candy?
If you want to resist temptation but also indulge in a healthy snack, try snacking on fresh fruit or crunchy veggies with hummus. You can also help yourself to a piece or two of dark chocolate if you can’t completely fight your candy cravings!
How can I keep my kids’ teeth safe on Halloween?
Always brush and floss twice a day, and make sure to encourage your kids to do so as well. Consistent brushing and flossing are the best ways to avoid plaque buildup on your teeth and prevent cavities. Try to limit the amount of candy your kids eat each day to curb the effects of sugar on their teeth, and encourage them to indulge in healthier snacks like fresh fruit or yogurt as a candy alternative.
What are the signs of a cavity or decay?
If you experience tooth pain, have tooth sensitivity to heat and cold, or notice holes in your teeth, it’s possible that you have a cavity. Other signs of cavities and decay include tooth discoloration and bad breath. Make sure to see your dentist if you have any of these symptoms!
At Las Cruces Dental Solutions, your dental health is our top priority. To schedule your six-month cleaning and exam, contact our practice today!