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Ghosts! Goblins! Cavities! It’s Halloween Time!

Halloween is right around the corner, and although the pandemic may make this year’s festivities look a little different, it still means bottomless bags of free candy and sugar highs. Unfortunately, sometimes that also means mouthfuls of cavities.

We put together some tips to keep you and your children out of the dentist office after indulging on all that sweet Halloween candy.

What Kind of Halloween Candy is the Worst?

With little monsters running from house to house, filling their cheeks with endless amounts of candy and chocolate, you might be wondering what kind of toll these sweets are taking on your child’s dental hygiene.

The main culprit for post-Halloween dentist visits is sticky candy. These kinds of candies are the worst for your teeth because they linger in the nooks and crannies of your mouth, making them harder to remove.

You and the kids may also want to go easy on the candies that make you pucker—especially if they are coated in sugar. Sour candy is generally acidic, which has the potential to damage and weaken your enamel. Damaged enamel leaves your teeth more vulnerable, and is less effective at protecting you against things like cavities.

Chocolate, on the other hand, is probably your best bet. It washes off your teeth more easily, leaving less residual sugar and generally less problems down the line. No, that is not your heart or stomach deceiving you, we are recommending that you eat chocolate instead of sticky and sour candy!

We wouldn’t suggest that you and your precious little ones stay away from these candies entirely— enjoy them in moderation and don’t forget to brush twice daily.

Make Time For A Check Up This Fall

Although the spooky and all-too-real Halloween decorations may catch you off guard, don’t let cavities creep up on you this Halloween! The best preventative measure to future costly dental hygiene issues is simple: visit your dentist twice a year for check-ups, especially after Halloween.

Oh No— You Took a Fall While Trick or Treating!

Halloween is a lot of fun, but sometimes accidents happen— it’s a trick of the trade. Chipped, cracked or lost teeth are a lot more common than you might think, particularly during the holiday season. It makes for a better Halloween costume, but it doesn’t make for the best school photos. Our practice is extremely skilled at handling delicate emergency care problems, and we pride ourselves on being there for you when it matters most.

At Chesterfield Family Dentistry, your smile is our passion. Please feel free to give us a call at (314) 878-9808 if you have any questions, or to book an appointment today!
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