Halloween Candy Conundrum
With Halloween a few short weeks away, we thought it would be an appropriate time to write about candy!
Let’s face it, whether it’s Halloween, Christmas, or cheap movie nights on Tuesday at the theatre …North Americans consume entirely too much sugar. And this doesn’t only create chaos (and decay) in your mouth; it is the culprit of many other health concerns as well. Disease feeds on sugar, so consuming high intakes of it is a large risk to your oral health, as well as your overall health.
For those of us who think we only consume small amounts, “sugar grazing” can amount to a hefty bunch by years end too. Snacking on little things like gum and licorice throughout the day, can add up to much more than a slice of cake after dinner or a chocolate bar at lunch …so be conscious of your sugar grazing.
Halloween – How to Avoid the “Monster Sugars”
Although candy might seem like an unavoidable sugar monster at Halloween, there is candy available that won’t haunt your teeth as much some others might.
Less Cavity-Causing Candy
- Sugar-free hard candy and lollipops
- Sugar-free gum
- Dark chocolate
Treating yourself with any of the above is a great way to stimulate the saliva glands, thus keeping your teeth less prone to plaque. In addition, dark chocolate contains antioxidants, which is good for the heart.
Of course – everything in moderation. “Sugar-free” candy might lessen your risk the sugary option contain, but sugar-free candy also often has unnatural ingredients to replace the sugar …and that comes with its own health risks. So be a label reader, and know what those ingredients represent.
This Halloween, simply try to keep the chewy, sticky candies to a minimum, if at all possible, wash it down with a lot of water, and follow up with immediate tooth brushing.
At DentistsRUs, we’re all about fun, but we also want to ensure you stay healthy amidst choices! Feel free to call or click on one of our many dentists below, and let’s ensure we keep you cavity free!
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