While Halloween may have come and gone, chances are there’s still a few bags of candy stashed around your house. With more sweets oriented holidays just a few weeks away, our team at Brandon Complete Dental Care want to help you keep your smile healthy and functional. While it’s easy to go overboard (especially once the candy dishes are out in full force), it’s important for patients of all ages to keep up with good oral hygiene practices throughout the holiday season.
If you’ve had dental work like fillings, crowns, or braces done, it’s especially important for you to pay close attention to your smile. While we love seeing our patients, we also want them to keep their smiles safe. Check out our list of dentist-approved candy and learn what our Brandon dentists recommend avoiding if you want to keep your fillings and crowns in place:
Stay Away from Sticky Sweets
Love taffy, caramel, and Swedish Fish? Unfortunately, your smile might not. While these gems are certainly delicious, their thick and sticky nature means their remnants get stuck on and between teeth. Taffy and caramels are also notorious for pulling out loose or old fillings, which can leave already vulnerable teeth at risk of reinfection. If you have braces, it doesn’t take much for a tiny bit of Swedish Fish to get trapped around the brackets and wires. To save your smile, our Brandon dentists recommend avoiding sticky treats.
Embrace the Dark (Chocolate) Side
Do you prefer chocolate over sugar? So does your dentition. Not only does chocolate typically have a lower sugar content than hard candies, the texture of chocolate treats doesn’t stick to teeth and can be easily washed away with a glass of water. Like all other treats, it’s still important to brush and floss after indulging your chocolate-loving taste buds.
Toss the Hard Candies
While Jolly Ranchers and lollipops are classic Halloween favorites among kids and adults, these can do a number on your smile. Since they have to dissolve in order to be eaten, these treats continuously bathe your teeth in sugar. This feeds oral bacteria, which give off acidic toxins that eat away at tooth enamel and leave small holes where cavities can develop. In addition to wearing away enamel, hard candies are notorious for cracking teeth. Want to avoid getting a filling in November? Avoid hard candies!
Enjoy Your Halloween Worry-Free
At Brandon Complete Dental Care, we want you to enjoy your holiday without worrying about getting another cavity. If you do happen to notice some sensitivity or pain in the days after Halloween, feel free to drop by and visit our Brandon dentists – we’ll make sure your smile is healthy even after the impending smorgasbord.
Dr. Richard Assing
719 W Robertson St.
Brandon, FL 33511
Monday: 8AM – 6PM
Tuesday: 8AM – 6PM
Wednesday: 8AM – 6PM
Thursday: 8AM – 6PM
Friday: 8AM – 12PM