Samantha M Gray, DMD
Halloween is tomorrow! 😁🎃 Who else can't wait for some free candy? 🙋🏻♀️ Here are a few tips on how to indulge your sweet tooth while keeping your smile healthy 👇
1. Avoid sticky/gummy candy as much as possible. The longer sugars stay on your teeth, the more time those nasty bacteria have to eat up and cause havoc. Sticky candies (caramels, gummies, chews, etc.) area really good at getting in those pits and fissures on the chewing surfaces on your teeth and hanging around a while.
2. Try to stick with small hard candies rather than huge lollipops. The same principle applies here - the longer sugar hangs around in your mouth, the worse it is for your teeth. Choose candies that dissolve quickly rather than ones that take a long time.
3. Feel free to give in to the dark side. Of chocolate, that is. New studies have shown a possible remineralization effect from a compound found in dark chocolate. Maybe don't eat the whole bowl in one sitting, but you don't have to feel too bad about eating that full size Hershey bar 😋
4. Drink some water once you finish your candy and brush your teeth after about 30 minutes. This helps wash out those sugars and gives time for any lingering acidity to go away before you pull out the toothbrush.