Halloween is right around the corner and all too soon the little costumed darlings will have emptied baskets full of candy upon the kitchen counter. While Halloween can be the most fun of all of the holidays, it can also be the most dangerous. Outside of the obvious monitoring of the trick-or-treating and bounty of candy, there are certain types of sweets that should be avoided and others that are not as harmful to the teeth. Dr. Tim Chase, a cosmetic dentist from New York City, has outlined a few of the best and worst candies to eat to maintain a healthy smile this Halloween.
Tiny candies in the doctor’s office or the workplace start to pop up around Halloween, and we cannot help but indulge ourselves in these sugary treats. There is nothing wrong with a few indulgences, however, not all Halloween candy is created equal. When it comes to healthy teeth, certain candies can be completely detrimental to your smile, while others are less of a threat. According to Dr. Timothy Chase, a 20-year veteran of cosmetic dentistry, a healthy smile, white teeth and healthy gums can take 10 years off your appearance.
Dr. Chase, D.M.D., is a practicing partner in SmilesNY, a leading cosmetic dentistry practice in New York City. He has made it his life’s work to educate patients about the significance of possessing a healthy smile as a critical indicator of overall health and wellness.
Some people do not realize how important it can be to take care of your teeth. Not only does a healthy smile make you look and feel better, but, dental health issues have been linked to systemic problems like heart and kidney issues and low-birth weight in babies. Brightening your appearance by creating a healthy smile is not as daunting a task as people think, it is an extremely important factor in one’s overall health and should not be overlooked.
Brushing and flossing are not always enough to keep your teeth healthy. What you eat and what you do not eat also determine how healthy your teeth are. Keep your smile in mind this Halloween season with Dr. Chase’s tips on the best and worst Halloween candies to eat that range from worst to not so bad in terms of teeth health.
- Taffy and candies filled with caramel, coconut, or nuts are the worst kinds of candy for teeth because they stick to everything inside of your mouth, including the grooves of your teeth. The longer a food sticks to your teeth, the longer bacteria can feed on it, which could produce cavity-causing acid.
- Hard candy such as lollipops or jawbreakers, are the second worst candies to munch on. Although they do not stick to your mouth, they take a long time to dissolve. The longer a food stays in your mouth, the more acidic the environment becomes.
- Sour candy is also bad for your teeth because it has a higher acidic content, which can break down tooth enamel.
- While powdery candy such as Pixie Stix dissolve quickly in the mouth and don’t require chewing, they contain nothing but sugar and can lead to cavities by changing the mouths PH and giving bacteria straight sugar to eat.
- Chocolate, with no sticky fillings, will generally not stick to your teeth and therefore it is a much better option if you have the urge for a sweet snack.
- Sugar-free gum may be the best treat this Halloween season because it leaves no sticky residue, which causes plaque, and it is sweetened with xylitol, a natural sugar the bacteria is unable to form plaque on.
- Of course…if possible, it would be much better to put down the candy and grab a piece of fruit.
The Halloween candy tips have been supplied by Dr. Timothy Chase whose primary service is Smile Design, an array of preventative and restorative services that include teeth whitening, porcelain veneers, invisible braces, cosmetic bonding, tooth-colored fillings, porcelain crowns, bridges, dental implants, periodontal services, full-mouth restoration, TMJ therapy and sports dentistry. He is a member of the American Dental Association and the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry.
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