It’s almost Halloween, and you know what that means… candy! It’s everywhere you look this time of year, and if you are a trick-or-treat enabler, it’ll be in your house soon, if it isn’t already. Don’t fret. While sweets aren’t exactly good for you, some are better than others. You just have to choose wisely!
Where your teeth are concerned, not all candies are created equally. Chocolate lovers, rejoice — it’s one of your best options for dental health. It rinses off your teeth more easily than most, and dark chocolate has less sugar than milk chocolate.
What you want to be aware of are the sticky, sour, and hard candies. Sticky or hard varieties are troublesome because they stay in your mouth and/or directly on your teeth longer, raising the risk of cavities. Sour candy is very acidic, which means it can weaken and damage the hard outer shell of your teeth.
After you get your Halloween candy fix, you may want to follow up with a good cleaning! Here are some local dentists who can do just that:
Louisiana Dental Center (Hammond)
(985) 345-5888; www.ladentalcenter.com
Dr. Christina B. Givens, DDS (Amite)
(985) 747-8600; www.givensdental.com
Verges Dental Center (Kentwood)
(985) 229-3973; www.facebook.com/vergesdentalcenter
Dr. Gregory S. Strain, DDS Family Dentistry (Independence)
(985) 878-4981; www.gregstrain.com
Dr. Richard Henry, DDS (Ponchatoula)