Halloween is a favorite holiday for children and adults alike, with its carved pumpkins, autumnal decor and fun costumes. Our Sierra Oaks Dental team hopes you and your family enjoy the festivities while also taking good care of those pearly whites!
We have some ideas for how you can celebrate the season while also keeping your precious smiles safe. Let’s take a look at some of the treats you’ll want to stay away from while still enjoying your seasonal favorites!
Candy is generally defined by its tasty sweetness and those loaded with sugar can often damage tooth enamel, making way for cavities. While stocking your pantry with Halloween sweets, stay far away from hard, chewy, or sticky candy as they are toughest on teeth and are notorious for becoming trapped between the teeth. This also means the bacterial residue is harder to remove so they can wreak havoc.
Run Away from These Halloween Treats:
- Caramels and caramel apples
- Gummy candies
- Hard-to-chew, sticky candy
- Sour candies
Good options for your teeth and gums include any sweets that melt quickly in your mouth, so they don’t stick to tooth surfaces and inside crevices where they can wear down the protective enamel layer. Soft chocolates melt quickly so they don’t linger on teeth.
Stick to Safer Treats:
- Peanut Butter Cups
- Kit Kats
- Three Musketeers
- Peppermint Patties
- Bottle caps
Remember to snack on seasonal healthy treats like apple slices, carrot sticks and mandarin slices that wash food particles away while eating. Keep everyone hydrated by drinking lots of water throughout the day instead of juices and sweet sports drinks to boost healthy saliva levels. After eating sweets be sure to have everyone brush, rinse well and floss their teeth well to keep out the cavity monsters!
This Halloween season, Sierra Oaks Dental is happy to help you and your family with all of your smile needs! If you would like to schedule a cleaning and exam with our dentists, Dr. Peter Kim, Dr. Eric Gregg or Dr. Altig, call (916)481-2000 today in Sacramento, California!