Protecting Smiles From Halloween-Related Cavities

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Halloween is such a fun time of year for people of all ages, and we want you to enjoy your Halloween treats without leaving smiles at risk for tooth decay. Which is why in today’s blog, your Des Moines, IA, dentist is offering a few simple tips for protecting smiles from cavities!

Tooth Decay and Candy

When you consume too many sweets, particles of sugar will become lodged between your teeth or may cling to the outside of them. Harmful oral bacteria will then break them down, a process linked to higher levels of oral acidity and the development of plaque buildup. The buildup could then increase the risk of cavities and dental infection, causing tooth sensitivity and toothaches as your tooth structure is compromised. This is especially true of candies with sticky ingredients, such as caramel, gummies, or taffy. But you can take action to help protect your family’s smiles from cavities!

Protect Your Smile

When you and your family bring home all of your Halloween treats, pick a few favorite pieces and consider allowing your kids to trade them to you for a small amount of money or a toy. You can also limit them to a few pieces each day after dinner, so the increased saliva production from eating helps rinse them away. A glass of water will help cleanse the smile too! Should you be the one handing out trats, consider options with zero sugar, such as party favors like spider rings, plastic skeletons, and rubber bats. You can also hand out stickers, temporary tattoos, and crayons. To help further safeguard smiles at home, make sure everyone in your household is brushing for two minutes a day in the morning and at night, and using a fluoride toothpaste too. Flossing is absolutely essential as well!

Checkup and Cleaning

If you haven’t scheduled your last checkup and cleaning of 2022, we recommend doing so right now. This is a chance for our team to watch for signs of trouble and offer treatment before the year ends and your 2022 dental insurance benefits expire. We also clean the teeth, removing all plaque and tartar to protect smiles from cavities, infection, gingivitis, gum disease, and even bad breath and teeth stains. If you have any questions about scheduling a visit or about protecting smiles of all ages from tooth decay, then contact our team to schedule a new visit. We look forward to helping you start 2023 with your best possible smile!


Our team wants to help you enjoy Halloween without toothaches and sensitivity. If you have any questions about avoiding the onset of tooth decay, then contact your Des Moines, IA, dentist, Dr. Burds, by calling 515-244-9565.