With each passing day, children move one step closer to donning their Halloween costumes. The ultimate goal of children everywhere on October 31st is singular: get candy. Some candies have ingredients that are more harmful to teeth than others. Today, the dentists at Dentistry of Corona will outline which candies to steer clear from on Halloween night.
Fruit Roll Out
Although few candy bars on the market still use real fruit, chocolate-covered raisins remain a staple in the treat arena. Milk chocolate poses fewer oral health risks than many other Halloween options, but raisins stick to, and between, teeth. Cavities, bacteria, and even abscesses can develop from food caught in teeth.So, chocolate is okay, but chocolate covered raisins are a no-no.
Just as Sweet without the Sour
It seems like there’s more sour candy on the market than ever before. A growing trend involves major brands now offering sour versions of plain-flavored classics. Sour candy contains acidity levels capable of causing acid erosion over time. As with sports and energy drinks, the acid found in sour candy reacts harshly with tooth enamel, leaving it temporarily soft and susceptible to decay. Before ripping open a bag of sour candy, consider that tooth enamel does not regenerate.
Explore Sugar-Free Options
Many candy varieties offer sugar-free options for consumers looking to protect teeth. In addition to oral health, the rise of diabetes and childhood obesity provide excellent reasons to consider candy without sugar.
Clean Up After the Party
After that long Halloween night of chewing and munching and sucking and licking, make sure that your children brush their teeth properly. Brushing should last for roughly two minutes. Flossing will also be especially important Halloween night to remove the excess food particles left behind by sticky candies. With oral health in mind, there’s only one Halloween night of the year — so have fun!
Schedule Your October Visit
If your children need a checkup before they pound the pavement Halloween night, we can help. At Dental Associates of Corona we provide comprehensive dental care, and multi-specialty dentistry. Contact our 92879 dental office by calling (951) 273-9580 to schedule an appointment today. We proudly serve patients from Corona and surrounding communities.