If you guess that no matter the Halloween candy you reach for, it’s just as bad as any other because it’s full of sugar, our Southlake, TX team reminds you to think again! The truth is, that while anything that loads your smile up with sugar is certainly not good for your oral health by any means, there are some varieties out there that are most definitely worse than others! Consider a handful that you should do your best to avoid (and why), so you may enjoy this fun holiday without fretting about your grin!
#1: The Chewy Ones
One of the candy types you should avoid in order to keep your oral health safe during Halloween and at all times? Chewy candies. These are the ones that you have to chew and chew (and chew) before they’re ready for you to swallow. Remember that when you’re forcing your mouth and jaws to do this much chewing, the motion is excessive. It can contribute to or worsen bruxism disorder problems, while also doing quite a number on your jaw joints! If it doesn’t break down with ease, skip it.
#2: The Sticky Stuff
Now, let’s talk about that very sticky stuff, such as jelly beans, lollipops, and more. If it qualifies as sticky, then it counts. We want you to consider the fact that whether you have to chew through it or it’s a candy you suck on, it’s going to quickly coat your teeth and gums. As a result, the acid level in your mouth intensifies. This causes your teeth to become much more vulnerable to the formation of cavities (and a requirement for fillings). So, skip the sticky stuff, too!
#3: Anything Very Hard
Plain and simple, if the candy you’re thinking of eating is so hard that you have to use a ton of force to bite through it, then it can break your teeth. If it can break your teeth, you can end up needing serious restorative dental care! Of course, hard candies are also rough on your jaw joints!
#4: Extra Crunchy Candies!
Those very crunchy candies? Not great for your oral health either! They can scrape up your teeth, irritate your gums and soft tissue, and potentially lead to chipped teeth. Be careful with this variety of sweets.
Make Good Smile Choices This Halloween
Take time to talk with us about your Halloween selections, during your next dental checkup and cleaning with us, so you can feel sure you’re on the right track! Contact us soon to set up your next visit! Schedule care with your Southlake, TX dentist today by calling Gregory Wright, DDS at (817) 481-7999. We gladly serve patients from Southlake and surrounding areas.