Halloween can bring plenty of fun in the form of costumes, pumpkin carving, and roaming the neighborhood for free candy. However, Halloween can also play some tricks on your teeth, bombarding them with sticky, sugary candy.
We aren’t suggesting that you and your children stay away from candy altogether (what fun is that?), but there are a few ways you can participate in Halloween and keep your oral health intact at the same time.
Halloween Candy Survival Guide
- Sticky or Gummy Candy – Gummy and sticky candies can be one of the most dangerous candies for your child’s teeth! This is because sticky candy remains on the teeth for a longer period of time, allowing it to do a lot more damage.
- Chocolate – Chocolate is perhaps your best bet when it comes to Halloween candy. This is because it’s easy to wash away from your teeth. Additionally, we recommend dark chocolate, which has less sugar than milk or white chocolates.
- Sour Candy – Sour candies are often highly acidic. The acid in these candies will weaken and wear down tooth enamel, making your child’s teeth more vulnerable to dental cavities and tooth decay.
- Popcorn Balls – Lastly, popcorn balls can also cause some serious damage! Beware of un-popped kernels, which can easily crack or break the teeth. Popcorn is also known for becoming lodged between the teeth and gums, so be sure to keep some floss on hand.
Here at Garlock Orthodontics, we want to wish you a happy and safe Halloween! We also encourage you to visit your general dentist for a teeth cleaning after all your Halloween candy is gone! To make an appointment with Dr. David Garlock, please contact our Aurora, Colorado orthodontics office today.