It is important to make sure you take the necessary steps to protect your mouth from dangers that can occur this holiday season. For Halloween, numerous treats and sweets can easily damage your smile. This includes products that can wear down your tooth enamel or even cause oral accidents to occur. Listed below are a few candies you should exercise caution with or avoid altogether:
Sticky Candy: Sticky candy is known to linger in your mouth long after consuming it. This includes products such as caramels, gummies, and taffy. Once these products are on your teeth and gums, it can be difficult to remove them and can lead to increased rates of tooth decay.
Popcorn Kernels: Popcorn kernels are highly dangerous for your smile, as they can chip and crack your teeth. Furthermore, popcorn balls are extremely popular during the Halloween season and should be bitten into with care.
Hard Candy: Hard candy such as candy apples can easily chip and crack your teeth if you are not careful. Exercise caution when biting into any hard treats.
Sour Candy: Although all forms of candy often have sugar which is hazardous to your health, sour candy includes the added risk of an extremely low pH level. Lower pH levels mean higher acidity, which increases the risk of enamel loss and dental erosion.
For more wonderful tips to a successful season, or to set up an appointment with Dr. Laura Miller, please contact Laura Miller DDS at 860-346-6872. You are also welcome to stop by our office in Middletown, Connecticut. We wish you all a safe and happy Halloween!