The leaves are beginning to turn their colors. The pumpkins cascade our sights with their ginger grins in autumnal glee. The smell of candied apples fills the air in our noses, and enraptures us with a sense of harvest delight. With all the sights and delights of the fall season, be sure to remember that many snacks could wreak havoc on your teeth. Here are a few examples to watch out for:
– Sour Candy: Due to their high acidic content, sour candies are some of the most dangerous threats to your precious teeth. Due to its acidic nature (nearly the same as battery acid), there is a high risk of cavities and enamel loss.
– Hard Candy: Hard candy should be avoided. They can break or chip teeth, and residue often ends up stuck to your teeth longer, which can rapidly increase tooth decay.
– Sticky Candy: Exercise care when consuming sticky candies such as taffy, caramels, or gummies, as they can easily stick to your teeth and gums. They can also be difficult to remove, which can rapidly increase tooth decay.
– Popcorn Balls: Popcorn balls can be dangerous if they are too hard, so be careful when biting into them. It is also recommended to floss regularly after consumption, as bits of popcorn can easily be lodged between the teeth.
Be sure to remember that the longer candy is in contact with your teeth, the longer tooth decay can occur. Don’t forget to brush and floss!
For more wonderful tips to a successful season, or to set up an appointment, please contact Mill Creek General Dentistry at 425-337-5549. You are also welcome to stop by our office in Mill Creek, Washington.
We wish you all a safe and happy Halloween!