Fighting Cavities This Halloween

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Halloween is a fun time for kids and adults alike, however, this is also a time that encourages a lot of sugary sweets. This could be a recipe about tooth decay! In today’s blog, your Des Moines, IA, dentist discusses tips for keeping teeth strong and free of cavities, and how to enjoy your Halloween without putting smiles at risk!

Halloween and Tooth Decay

When kids and adults eat too many sugary sweets, this allows particles of sugar to cling to the teeth or become caught between them. When this happens, bacteria will consume them, a process that causes a rise in oral acidity and coats the teeth in plaque. A sticky bacterial byproduct, plaque can weaken enamel and make the onset of tooth decay more likely. We recommend limiting how many pieces you consume each day, and reserving them for just after a meal. You should also wash them down with a glass of water.

Treats to Be Wary Of

Hard candies could damage teeth if bitten down on, or sucking them could coat the teeth in layers of sugar. Sticky and chewy taffies, caramels, and even dried fruits could remain trapped on and between the teeth as well. Try to stick to candies like milk chocolate, which do contain sugar but can more easily be cleaned from the teeth. To help your kids, you could let them choose their favorite pieces and then trade the rest to you for a small amount of money or for a fun toy. If you’re handing gut candy to kids this year, consider opting for a smile healthy alternative. Consider salad packages of trail mix, nuts, or even sugar-free gum. You could also hand out party favors, like spider rings, rubber bats, or plastic skeletons. Stickers are a great treat that doesn’t put the smile at risk!

Protecting Smiles

Your entire family should also be sure you’re practicing good oral hygiene. Staying free of cavities is possible if you brush your teeth for two minutes in the morning and again at night, and if you use a fluoride toothpaste as well. Each evening, you should also floss thoroughly to remove the particles a toothbrush may not reach. Before the holiday season makes your schedule too crazy, consider scheduling a final checkup and cleaning visit for 2021, so we can monitor the teeth and also clean them to help keep cavities at bay! If you have any questions, then please contact our team today. We look forward to hearing from you!


We would like to help you prevent cavities from forming. To find out more about safeguarding smiles of all ages this Halloween, then please contact your Des Moines, IA, dentist, Dr. Burds, by calling 515-244-9565.