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Keeping Halloween Happy for Your Teeth October 23, 2015

Filed under: Uncategorized — Mall of Georgia Dentistry @ 12:01 pm

It’s that time of yeah again… October is ending and Halloween will upon us in a few days. Are your teeth ready for the most potentially cavity-inducing occasion on the calendar? Let’s review a few things that can help make Halloween happy, not only for your sweet tooth, but for all of your teeth!
When it comes to candies, some are worse than others… way worse! And the worst Halloween candies are the ones that stick to your teeth: think of things like caramels, gummies, and taffy. These chewy, sticky treats cling to the teeth and are pretty hard to remove. While they are stuck there, the sugar sits on your teeth and feeds the bacteria in your mouth, which produces enamel-eroding acids! The acids weaken enamel and open the door for tooth decay.
Another really bad candy to avoid is sour candies… sour candies contain acidic ingredients to give them the sour taste, so they already contain acids before the bacteria even get to work on the sugars! Of course, sour candies and that are also sticky and chewy are the worst of the worst.
The best candies for you teeth are sugar-free hard candies and gum, especially if they use Xylitol as a sweetener. Xylitol has an anti-cavity effect. But since sugar-free candy might be hard to come by in a trick-or-treat stash, it might be useful to note that plain chocolate is a fairly good choice. Since chocolate melts easily, it is much easier to wash away from the teeth by drinking water or brushing.
That Halloween haul is going to be around for a while, so remember that it’s best for your teeth to eat candy at meal times or in one limited sitting.  The more frequently you eat candy, the more often you would introduce sugar to the bacteria that love to turn it into acid, so the idea is to keep those times few and far between rather than constantly grazing over the day. It’s also a good idea to drink plenty of water after indulging in goodies to rinse the mouth and wash off the teeth. Limiting exposure is important!
Thanks to the bacteria that live in your mouth, sugar can be a scary thing for your teeth, but you don’t have to run away screaming from all the Halloweeny treats! Just be moderate and smart about it, and take great care of your teeth- that means impeccable home hygiene and regular dental cleanings and check-ups. Dr. Vanci and the Mall of Georgia Dentistry team want all of our patients, family, and friends to have a Halloween that really makes them smile!

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