Whether you go all out for Halloween or just stay in, most people agree this holiday provides the perfect excuse for chowing down on chocolate and candy. Most people can also agree that bingeing on sugar isn’t great for anyone’s teeth — or waistlines. But did you know that certain sweets are worse for your teeth than others? Take a look at these three candies that you should avoid this Halloween.
Lollipops and smaller hard candies stay in your mouth longer than other sweets, which gives bacteria a steady supply of sugar. Believe it or not, it’s better to eat candies quickly — the quantity doesn’t matter — than to suck on one hard candy for a long time. If you can’t resist having one, try to eat it quickly.
Sour gummies, powders, and hard candies may taste delicious, but they’re terrible for your teeth. Why is that, you wonder? They’re acidic, and tooth enamel is sensitive to acid. Eating sour candy softens the protective layer on your teeth, making them more susceptible to cavities.
If you find yourself eating sour candy despite your best efforts to avoid them, make sure to rinse your mouth with water immediately afterward. You should also wait at least one hour before brushing your teeth so you don’t accidentally brush away small pieces of enamel.
We saved the worst for last! Sticky candy is terrible for your teeth because it just doesn’t want to leave your mouth. If you don’t brush right away, the residue can stay on your teeth for hours. Even after brushing, trace amounts may remain in tooth crevices. Bacteria will enjoy the feast, but you probably won’t enjoy the cavities.
If you’re due for a dental check-up or have a concern about your teeth, book an appointment with Dr. Mal Braverman at the New York City Cosmetic Dentistry Center. Don’t let those Halloween temptations ruin your smile!