It’s that time of year again where the kids dress-up and go out for trick or treating. Your children may be excited but your dentist not so much. Although Dr. Austria loves this time of year, many patients come in complaining about sore teeth, especially right after Halloween.
But it doesn’t have to be this way, this year you can actually have a great Halloween and still have fun while maintaining a great smile. If you’ve been feeling a little bit more sensitive teeth or if you’re in pain in the mouth, chances are you might be eating too much sugar.
Healthy teeth are important and Dr. Austria wants to educate you on the best and worst candy for your teeth because everyone knows that sugar can cause cavities.
The worst candy for your teeth is taffy, such as salt water taffy, Laffy Taffy or anything that sticks, coconut and caramel. These are usually the worst type of candy for your teeth because it’s sticks to everything inside of your mouth including the grooves between your teeth.
It’s not sugar that actually causes cavities, it’s the fact that the sugar sticks on your mouth longer, and the bacteria can actually feed on it. This is what causes cavities.
If you choose to eat taffy make sure you wash your mouth out with water or mouth rinse immediately after. The best thing you can do is to actually brush your teeth right away afterwards.
The second worst type of candy is anything that has a hard shell like lollipops our jaw breakers.
This is because these types of food and candies, although they don’t stick to your mouth, they take a long time to dissolve and the sugar stays in your mouth for extremely long amount of time. Which means that the longer the food or candy stays in your mouth the more acidic it can become in your mouth, which is also a breeding ground for bacteria to feed on which causes cavities and acid buildup.
Dr. Austria and our team, really want you to know that the type of candy you choose will play an important role on your overall health. Whether you’re giving out candy or taking your family trick-or-treating, make sure you educate your children about the types of candy and the effects on their oral health and smile.