Choosing the Right Halloween Treats

Halloween is just around the corner!  It’s estimated that 90 million pounds of chocolate will be sold this week as Americans prepare for Trick-or-Treaters.  We know this means both adults and children will be enjoying treats this weekend.  Here are some tips for choosing the right Halloween candy to help reduce the chance of tooth decay and future cavities.

  • Choose Chocolate: Chocolate is better for your teeth than hard or sticky candies.  It is easier to rinse from your teeth with a quick glass of water providing shorter contact time with your teeth.  Chocolate also contains tannins, which can inhibit cavity-causing bacteria.
  • Hand Out Miniature Size: Mini candy bars can be eaten quickly which means teeth have less contact with harmful sugars.
  • Pitch the Tough Stuff: When sorting through Halloween candy, avoid or discard hard and sticky candy.  Not only do these candies surround your teeth with sugar as they dissolve but some can be so strong that they can cause damage to fillings.
  • Brush after Treats:  It’s always a good idea to brush your teeth after enjoying candy or sugary snacks.  If that’s not an option while you’re out Trick-or-Treating or dancing to the Monster Mash, pack a water bottle or grab a glass of water to help wash away some of the sugar from your teeth.  

Our team at McCauley Family and Cosmetic Dentistry wishes everyone a fun-filled and Happy Halloween!  We’re open this Halloween from 9:00 am – 2:00 pm.  Please stop in and say hello – we would love to see your costumes.  Click the link for directions 18323 98th Ave NE #2, Bothell, WA 98011.

Halloween Statistic Source: Nielsen Newswire Report