We’ve made it through one of the sweetest holidays of the year! But now that we’re heading into November and all the sugary, sweet Halloween treats have been passed out that doesn’t mean we’re completely in the clear. If you’re like us, you still have a lot of gooey goodness lurking about- whether in your workplace lunchrooms or even stashed around your house! Let us help you break down these tempting treats and their effect on your dental health.
Sticky and Gummy Candy
Gummy bears are cute but can stick into the tiny crevices in your teeth, making it harder to remove from your teeth. This gives bacteria more time to get to work at damaging your teeth.
Chocolate is a good choice for Halloween munching as it is easy to wash off your teeth. Dark chocolate is a bit better than milk chocolate as it has less sugar.
“Sour candy can be very acidic,” says Dr. Ferraz-Dougherty. “And that acidity can weaken and damage the hard outer shell of your teeth, making your teeth more vulnerable to cavities.”
Sucking on hard candy has the same effect as gummy candy in that it stays in your mouth longer. That allows bacteria more time to attack your teeth. And it’s sometimes hard to resist that urge to crunch down on hard candy and possibly crack or break your teeth.