Halloween Can Play Tricks
on Your Teeth

Candy is a big part of Halloween. During this holiday, children face an increased risk for cavities when they eat sugary foods, such as cookies and candy, and sticky foods, such as toffee and even dried fruit. Here are a few tricks and a few treats to keep your oral health intact this holiday season.
 

Tricks: 

Do you ever wonder what makes you pucker when eating sour candy? It's the acidity. This ingredient also enhances the weakening of your teeth and increases the chances of cavities. 
 
Lollipops (aka, the longest-lasting candy) do more harm to your teeth than you may realize. Since these suckers are meant to be enjoyed slowly, sugar-filled saliva builds up in the mouth. This makes it harder for your saliva to do its job of protecting your mouth. 
 
Gummy candy will lead you into a sticky situation. These sugary ingredients stick to your teeth, increasing your chances of a cavity. This is a satisfying treat for mouth bacteria, which turns the sugar into acid.
 
Popcorn balls are considered a fairly healthy snack. But once it's dressed up with caramel or sugar, they become a spooky treat to your oral health.

 

Treats: 

Chocolate is dressed up as healthy candy. This classic treat wouldn't linger on teeth for long, posing less risk for tooth decay. Dark chocolate is your best option, but milk chocolate is a close second option. 
 
If you're looking for a healthy and sweet fix, meet your new best friend, xylitol. Gum and sugarless candy with xylitol may protect your teeth by reducing acids that are produced by bacteria. 
 
Get nutty. Candy bars made with smaller nuts serve to scrub away some of the sugar that might otherwise stick to the teeth
 
Fun-sized bites are a less spooky option to your oral health. These small treats will satisfy your sweet tooth while coating your teeth with significantly less sugar. 
 
 
Halloween is a great time for parents to think about their children's teeth, but oral health should be a year-round concern. Regularly encourage good oral health habits with your children, including flossing daily, brushing at least twice a day and visiting the dentist regularly. That way you'll ensure the sugary villains don't stick around on your children's teeth long after Halloween is over. Don't Let These Treats Play any Tricks on Your Teeth this Halloween.