With Halloween right around the corner, it is that time of the year again: scares and thrills around every corner. Children are scared of scary movies, ghost stories, and scary costumes, and parents are scared of all the candy their kids will bring home. Tiny candies in the doctor's offices or the workplace start to pop up 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 equally. 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," says Dr. Chase. "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 wight in babies."
Brushing an flossing are not always enough to keep your teeth healthy. What you eat and what you don not eat can be a huge factor in how healthy your teeth are. Keep your teeth in mind this Halloween season with Dr. Chase's tips on best and worst Halloween candies to eat.
Dr. Chase attended the State University of Albany where he studied biology. Continuing his education at the Boston University Goldman School of Dental medicine, he earn a DMD degree in 1993. He went on to complete a general practice residency at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital / Westchester County Veterans Administration Hospital in 1994.