We all like candy. It’s ok to admit it. With Halloween right around the corner, there’s no shame in enjoying a few sweet treats here and there. Just consider some of the consequences if you do. Being knowledgeable about the harmful effects of candy could save you from major dental problems down the road. To keep your smile looking its best, here are some helpful tips to keep in mind.
Growing up, it’s almost a guarantee that you’ve heard a parent say, “You are going to rot your teeth out!” as you sat there devouring that pillowcase of candy on Halloween. Although it may have seemed a little overdramatic at the time, there is some truth to this statement. Your mouth is home to a lot of bacteria and when you eat candy, all the sugar going into your mouth is feeding it. The bacteria releases acids and begins to combine with your saliva and other food remains, creating plaque and tartar. When these substances sit on your teeth, they begin to form small holes, also known as cavities. That’s why brushing and flossing regularly is so important.
Not every candy is bad but there are certain types you should make a point to avoid more than others. If you’re in the mood for a little treat, some simple knowledge can help you to make your decision. Here are some of the worst types of candy for your teeth.
Although no type of candy is necessarily nutritious, some are far less harmful than others when it comes to your teeth and overall health. So as you’re sifting through your giant bag of Halloween candy, here are some choices you don’t have to feel so guilty about hanging onto.
As hard as you may try to avoid candy, it’s important to live a little every once in awhile too! That’s why it’s important to be consistent about taking care of your teeth. Always brush and floss after eating sugary snacks. Brushing will remove that fresh layer of sugar from your teeth before it can cause any damage. Then use floss to get the deep spots that brushing can’t get to. Don’t let any crack go uncleaned. Swishing around a little mouthwash can even help to rinse the sugar from your mouth and assure you have the entire surface area of your teeth covered.
To be sure sugar hasn’t taken a major toll on your teeth, make sure you’re getting regular dental checkups. At Duffield Dentistry, we offer everything from basic cleanings and checkups to more advanced cosmetic dentistry. Give us a call today at (877) 630-7410 to set up an appointment with Royal Oak dentist, Dr. Larry Duffield.
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