Halloween is almost here, and no kid (or adult, for that matter) wants to avoid candy and sweet treats. Our team at Houston Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Center wants you to enjoy your holiday without worrying about cracked teeth and other oral health problems, which is why we’ve provided some helpful tips for maintaining a healthy smile while still satisfying your sweet tooth.
Chewy caramels and hard candies are worse for teeth. With hard candies and chewy candies, your teeth are exposed to sugar for longer periods of time than normal; the longer the exposure, the more likely it is that you will develop tooth decay. If you can, insist children eat candies that dissolve more quickly, like chocolate or sugar-free suckers.
Try to eat candy at a designated time. Only having candy at a designated time, instead of snacking throughout the day, limits the contact teeth have with sugary treats. This lessens the risk of damage and decay.
Be careful with very acidic, sour candies. You shouldn’t always brush your teeth immediately after eating. In fact, brushing your teeth right after consuming sour candies can erode tooth enamel because of their acidity. Wait 30 or so minutes before brushing if you just ate something acidic. Rinsing with water can help neutralize acidic candies and clear your teeth of some unwanted food particles.
Be cautious with fillings, braces, dentures, and other dental work. Hard candies can break various dental devices, and certain candies can become lodged in braces or permanent retainers. If you are worried about damaging any of your dental work, avoid biting super hard candies like jawbreakers or very chewy candies like taffies.
If you have removable dental prostheses, fears of dislodging your prosthesis may keep you from enjoying any candy. If you would like to get rid of those fears and once again enjoy your favorite Halloween treats, contact our office for more information about permanent tooth restoration options, such as dental implants.
Have fun! Prohibiting yourself or your children from enjoying candy will only make it more irresistible. Use the holiday as an opportunity to teach children about the significant effect proper dental hygiene has on oral health. Teaching children the importance of flossing and brushing properly will prevent more oral health problems than making them avoid Halloween candy.
Have a happy, healthy, and safe Halloween from all of us at Houston Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Center! If you’d like to learn more about some of our tooth restoration options so you can enjoy your favorite Halloween treats, contact our office today to schedule an appointment.