Halloween is quickly approaching and you may have already noticed candy is everywhere! So, let’s take a moment to talk about Halloween candy and the effects on your children’s teeth…we all know that sugary sweets have negative effects on our smiles. These sugary sticky candies can lead to an increased risk of caries (cavities) especially if you are not brushing after consuming these snacks.
Halloween Candy and the Effects on Your Children’s Teeth
Bacteria Love Sugar
When you or your children eat sugar-filled candy the “bad” bacteria in your mouth have a feast! They love sugar and it allows them to grow and thrive. When bacteria in the mouth consume sugar they, in turn, create acids that can have some negative effects on you or your child’s oral health.
Because the bacteria love sugar and therefore create acids in the mouth. These acids can create a bacterial infection within the tooth, which is a cavity, a hole in the tooth.
Damage to the Enamel
These acids mentioned previously can destroy tooth enamel, which simply put is the protective outer layer of the tooth and once it is gone you can never get it back.
Staining/Discoloration of the Teeth
Once the enamel of the tooth is compromised you are more likely then to experience staining or discoloration of the teeth.
Stick to the Teeth
Sticky candies, in particular, have the ability to stay on the teeth long after you are done eating. This means that there is more of an opportunity for these acids to do damage to the teeth.
Tips for a Healthy Smile While Still Enjoying Halloween Candy
- Enjoy in moderation
- Avoid snacking on sugary sweets all-day
- Avoid sticky candies
- Drink water after eating
- Chew sugar-free gum after indulging
- Brush and floss after snacking on sugar-loaded sweets
Learn more about the effects of candy on teeth here.