Wilson, Greenville, Goldsboro, Rocky Mount, Raleigh & nearby areas

Wed, 10/22/2014

If you indulge in too much candy this Halloween, a toothache could be your next big scare. Our Wilson family dentistry office serves children and adults in North Carolina year-round, and we can provide you personalized care and quality services if treats play tricks on your teeth.

The sugar in candy sticks to teeth and promotes the growth of bacteria. In addition to cavities, biting down too hard on some types of candy can chip or crack a tooth. Patients with dental crowns and kids with orthodontic appliances could also break their restoration or apparatus.

Some types of candy are more harmful for your dental health than others. For the sake of your teeth, be sure to avoid:

  • Taffy
  • Caramels
  • Gummy candies
  • Candy corn
  • Sour candy
  • Jawbreakers
  • Lollipops
  • Candied apples

Though you might not bite down on them, sucking candies are hard on teeth because the sugar stays in your mouth for a long time even after the sweet has dissolved. If you don’t brush your teeth or the bacteria stains a tough-to-clean area, you’re more likely to get a toothache.

If you’re in the Halloween spirit but you want to keep your family’s teeth healthy, put the best treats at the top of the bag. Sugar-free candies are obviously the best option, with most types of chocolate (skip candy bars with sticky fillings) coming in second.

To schedule a family dentist appointment or learn more about the best way to care for your teeth over the holidays, please contact Boles, Ham, Dixon & Boles or call 252-291-2892 today. Our dentists serve North Carolina communities in and around Wilson.