You know that candy isn’t good for your teeth, but did you know that some kinds of candy are worse than others? While showing moderation is always a good thing, you’ll definitely want to watch out around these five types of candy that are especially scary when it comes to your oral health.
1. Sugary Treats
Sugary treats are known to cause cavities, and that is one spooky Halloween side effect no one wants! Limit your consumption of sugary treats and opt for healthier varieties instead. Sugar-free gum and suckers are two great alternatives.
2. Sour Treats
Sour treats also have a frightening effect on oral health as the high acid content can quickly wear away your tooth enamel if you aren’t careful.
3. Sticky Treats
Of all of the spooky Halloween treats, however, sticky treats are the most frightening of all! Sticky treats sneak into the crevices of the teeth or in between teeth, where they often cannot be effectively reached by toothbrushes or by flossing. Sticky treats stick to your mouth and cause cavities when you least expect it.
How should parents deal with these spooky Halloween treats? The key is moderation and proper dental practices. Eat all Halloween candy in moderation, and try to opt for treats that aren’t as spooky–such as sugar-free candies and gums–instead of the worst offenders: taffy, caramel, and gummies.
Furthermore, be sure to brush your teeth, floss and rinse with mouthwash after you have been eating Halloween candy. Don’t wait several hours later until bedtime. Brush right away to keep the sticky candy off of your teeth. Drinking plenty of water is a great way to hydrate your mouth, wash out the sugar and improve your oral health as well!
Halloween doesn’t have to be cavity-inducing to be fun! For a truly enjoyable Halloween, enjoy a couple spooky treats, but be extra careful to “brush up” on proper oral hygiene as well. Your mouth will thank you!