Avoid Sugar Monsters This Halloween

Halloween is a spooky season full of ghouls and witches — but it shouldn’t be scary for your oral health. Eating sugary foods like candy can put you at risk of developing cavities. That is why it’s important to find ways to minimize the effects sweets have on your teeth during Halloween. 

Here is how you and your family can enjoy this fun and spooky holiday while also protecting your oral health: 

Go for Dark Chocolate

Dark chocolate not only has health benefits when consumed in moderate amounts, but it also contains less sugar than milk chocolate. Less sugar means that the bacteria that cause plaque will not be able to create as many of the acids that wear away at your tooth enamel. 

Drink More Water

Make sure to drink water every time you eat a piece of candy — or any other sugary substance. Water helps wash away any residue that remains on your teeth, preventing harmful bacteria from producing harmful acids. 

Brush Your Teeth 

If you eat candy, you will want to brush your teeth right after. This is especially important if you eat sticky candies like caramels or taffy, since they can remain between your teeth. Don’t forget flossing, too. 

Avoid Sour Candies

Sour candies are tasty, but they are tough on your teeth. The acidic quality of these treats damages your tooth enamel, and the sugary coatings can promote more acid production from bacteria in your mouth. 

Choose Sugar-Free Gum

Instead of regular bubble gum packed with sugar, go for sugar-free gum. It helps remove food particles and increases salivation, preventing bacteria from harming your teeth and gums.

Visit Your Dentist for a Checkup in Largo, FL

Visiting your dentist for a checkup can ensure any issues like cavities are spotted before they become more serious. David W. Piper, DMD Family Dentistry, has proudly provided top-quality, gentle care to Largo families since 1993. Keep your family healthy this holiday season, and call 727-548-7100 to schedule an appointment with us today. 


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