Halloween is just a few weeks away. As you are planning your costumes and thinking about festivities, we want to take a minute to talk about one of the best parts of Halloween: candy. Yes, candy! We know you are probably surprised to hear a dentist say that candy is great, but let’s face it, candy is actually pretty great. Of course, we recommend that you eat candy with a few rules in mind.
Yes, it is okay to eat candy. But, candy is best consumed in moderation. We suggest limiting yourself or your kids to one to two pieces a day (yes, a day!), instead of grabbing the bowl and binging. We recognize that this means practicing serious restraint, but trust us, it will be to your benefit.
Too much candy shows. It shows up on your waistline and on your teeth, which could lead to cavities if you don’t brush or floss regularly. Keep in mind that any food can lead to cavities if you don’t take care of your teeth!
While gum is not candy, we want to take a minute to talk about it, too. Chewing gum can help keep your teeth healthy because its sticky nature helps to pull out tiny bits of food left behind after you eat until you can brush or floss. The act of chewing gum helps to cause saliva production, which is beneficial because saliva can help remineralize your teeth.
While there is a time and place for sugar-free candy for some individuals, sugar-free candy frequently contains artificial sweeteners, as well as acidic additives that can be damaging to tooth enamel.
We would love to see a picture of your trick or treaters! Be sure to share on our Millennium Smiles Facebook page!