Did you know that in the US this year, hundreds of millions of pounds of candy will be consumed? As we are busy going batty over all these sweets, many may find themselves being spooked by a cavity or two. Avoid tooth decay, and consider the following list of sweets to limit this season:
– Sticky Candy: Exercise care when consuming sticky candies such as taffy, caramels, or gummies, as they can easily stick to your teeth and gums. They can also be difficult to remove, which can rapidly increase tooth decay.
– Popcorn Balls: Popcorn balls can be dangerous if they are too hard, so be careful when biting into them. It is also recommended to floss regularly after consumption, as bits of popcorn can easily be lodged between the teeth.
– Hard Candy: Hard candy should be avoided. They can break or chip teeth, and residue often ends up stuck to your teeth longer, which can rapidly increase tooth decay.
– Sour Candy: Due to their high acidic content, sour candies are some of the most dangerous treats to your precious teeth. Due to its acidic nature (nearly the same as battery acid), there is a high risk of cavities and enamel loss.
For an alternative, chocolate washes off easier than most other candies, so don’t be afraid to switch out a few of the above with some chocolate. Also, sugarless gum is a great way to clean your sparkly whites after some sugary snacks. As always, be sure to brush and floss.
Plaza Dental Care wishes you all a safe and happy Halloween!
If you would like to book an appointment, please call us at 707-642-1360, or stop by our office in Vallejo, California. We look forward to hearing from you soon!