Halloween day is coming and along with the fun of dressing up comes the excitement of going out and ask for candy from door to door.
Some have been preparing their costumes for months, but few have prepared for the cavities that all that candy in a plastic pumpkin may bring.
That is why we looked into the top three candies that will make your teeth scream (if they could), and another three sweet suggestions that if they could wear costumes, they could pass off as angels.
Learn first how these three candies could leave you cavities, not just for the little ones but also for the grown-ups that still eat a large candy bar without guilt.
1- Sticky And Gummy Candies
The stickier the candy, the harder it will be to remove it from your teeth. Your favorite’s like gummy bears, gummy worms, sour gummy rings, Fruit roll ups, Air Head, Starburst, Mike and Ike, Skittles, Lifesavers, and many more will severely damage your teeth.
Parents take note of this. Even if you don’t consider them like “Halloween candy”, gummy vitamins enter in the category of sticky candy. Maybe they will contain less sugar than the normal ones but they will still stick to your teeth and damage the enamel.
The problem with this kind of candy is that they are so sticky that will adhere to your teeth. Even if you brush your teeth more than three times, the sugary components will not dissolve completely with your saliva.
The issue with this type of candy is that it will benefit the reproduction of bacteria that will happily eat all your sugar in your teeth. This will give them more time to work on your Halloween gift: cavities.
2- Hard Candy
Sometimes, the frequency of exposure is more harmful than quantity. It can apply with x-rays and oh, yes! with candy, the delicious and tasty hard candy to be more specific.
Hard candy like lollipops, Jolly Rancher, Sour Warheads, gumballs, jawbreakers and corn candy are designed to stay in your mouth for longer periods of time so the sugar can mix with your saliva and dissolve.
This doesn’t mean necessarily a good thing. Saliva helps to restore the natural acid balance of your mouth but when you combine it with sugar, you are not washing away the sucrose off your mouth, you are just creating the perfect environment for cavities.
Oh, the jawbreaker. The one we can’t avoid trying to break with a hard bite. This hard candy by excellence contains High Fructose Syrup, the ingredient that gives it sweetness, can put you in a heart disease risk.
3- Caramel or Nugget
Chocolate is one of the most gifted candy to kids every Halloween. It is also one of the best-sold candies in stores, so in general, chocolate in their different presentations, is one of the most popular candies in the world.
But the sugary coat that chocolates with caramel or nugget leave behind in your mouth, is no popular at all in your teeth. The amount of sugar in both ingredients is the enemy of your oral health.
The problem is basically the same case as the other candies mentioned before, the amount of sugar that caramel and nugget have it’s the perfect friend for cavities and the worst enemy of your teeth.
The other thing you should be worried about is that consuming caramel regularly causes triglyceride levels to increase. When you have too many triglycerides in your body, the risk of heart disease intensifies.
By now maybe you learned some new facts or maybe you are just tired of keep hearing that candies are bad, because, let’s face it, you know it but you will keep consuming them.
So, if you are a sweet tooth person that won’t stop taking one candy at a time from the Halloween pumpkin of your child but you want to remain with all your teeth, we recommend you this sweet alternative for your cravings: candy that actually helps your teeth.
1- Dark Chocolate To Fight Tooth Decay
Like we said before, almost everybody loves chocolate but not every chocolate loves your teeth. Dark chocolate is a safe bet when it comes to taking care of your smile. This type of candy is actually more helpful than fluoride.
Fluoride is mineral found naturally in our bones and teeth and added to toothpaste, mouth rinses, and supplements to improve oral health. This mineral will help you to prevent cavities, tooth loss and the rebuild of weakened tooth enamel.
2- Sugarless Gum With Sugar That Isn’t Sugar
Sugar-free sweets are among the good side candy, but gum has the property of catching the food particles between our teeth where sometimes the bristles of our brush can reach. Those sweetened with xylitol can be considered the best.
Currently, added sugars are seemed as an enemy for health but xylitol is a sugar-free sweetener that doesn’t raise the sugar blood levels and improves your oral health. Unlike sugar, is not converted into acids that trigger tooth decay.
3- Candy Bars That Won’t Drive You Nuts
The protein and fibers that nuts provide, can break up the stickiness and will avoid leftover candy to break apart and stay there stuck in your teeth.
Bloggers and dentists will highly recommend trying the KIND Bars. These treats aren’t scary at all, actually, all these snacks contain natural ingredients like almonds, brazil nuts, cashews, fruits, ginger, honey, kale, and even jalapeno.
Watch out for cavities, they don’t decide to come to light just this season. As soon as sugar touches your mouth, bacteria will love to dress up a tooth as a cavity. Such a frightening disguise that will keep people away.
So if you would not like your teeth to look like a witch or have the breath of a werewolf at midnight, contact Trust Dental Care in Tijuana. We have the best tricks to keep your teeth.