When you think of October you probably think of the leaves changing, snuggling up by the fire, sweet treats and of course, Halloween. Well, it is also National Dental Hygiene Month!
We are probably a little more excited about that one than most of you. But, we do have some helpful tips to keep your mouth and teeth healthy this candy season.
While eating candy on a regular basis will never be recommended by any health care professional, we don’t expect you to completely forgo your Halloween loot.
It is our job to lookout for your teeth, so we decided to compile a list of popular candies (good & bad) to help you know which to avoid.
After all, us dentists do indulge in some sweet treats ourselves from time to time. (Shhhh.)
Chewy, sticky candies are among the worst offenders. The chewy candy can get stuck deep in your teeth and braces, and they cause significant long-term damage.
Some popular chewy candies to avoid (especially if you have braces) include:
Hard candies can be okay as long as you do not bite down or chew on them. Chewing on them can cause the hard sugars to get stuck in your teeth.
Hard candies can also cause stains to your teeth if you suck on them too often. As a general rule, candies that stain your tongue can also cause stains on your teeth.
In many younger children with braces, the temptation to bite can be too great, so these should be avoided in that case.
Some popular hard candies that fall into this category:
Strawberry Hard Candies
Soft chocolate candies are the best option for treating your teeth right this Halloween. The more it melts in your mouth, the less likely it is to get stuck and cause more damage.
Luckily, chocolate is one of the most popular Halloween candies, so you won’t be missing out on too much!
Some popular soft chocolates include:
Hershey’s Milk Chocolate
M&M’s can fall into this category if you let them melt in your mouth rather than bite into them right away. Remember, always use discretion when eating any candy this Halloween,
and remember to indulge in moderation. Don’t forget to brush your teeth after eating your candy as well.
Rainier Dental Center wishes everyone a safe and happy Halloween!