On Halloween, most adults and children will find themselves scared by ghosts, ghoulies, and creepy critters. For the cavity-busters at Dayley Family Dental, what terrifies us, is what happens after ‘goblin’ down all those tasty treats. Candy could wreak havoc on your teeth, so this season, please be aware of the following treats, and plan accordingly:
– Hard Candy: Hard candy should be avoided. They can break or chip teeth, and residue often ends up stuck to your teeth longer, which can rapidly increase tooth decay.
– Sour Candy: Due to their high acidic content, sour candies are some of the most dangerous treats to your precious teeth. Due to its acidic nature (nearly the same as battery acid), there is a high risk of cavities and enamel loss.
– Sticky Candy: Exercise care when consuming sticky candies such as taffy, caramels, or gummies, as they can easily stick to your teeth and gums. They can also be difficult to remove, which can rapidly increase tooth decay.
– Popcorn Balls: Popcorn balls can be dangerous if they are too hard, so be careful when biting into them. It is also recommended to floss regularly after consumption, as bits of popcorn can easily be lodged between the teeth.
The longer candy is in contact with your teeth, the longer tooth decay can occur. Eat snacks in moderation, and always remember to brush and floss.
If you have any additional questions, or to book a future visit, please contact us at 208-321-1141, or stop by our office in Boise, Idaho.
From all of us at Dayley Family Dental, have a ‘fangtastic’ Halloween!