Can Halloween Affect Your Oral Health?
TODAY (10/18, Pawlowski) discusses Halloween candy, sharing information from American Dental Association spokesperson and pediatric dentist Dr. Mary Hayes. Dr. Hayes noted that consuming excess candy can affect oral health. “I see what happens every day when kids eat a lot of candy,” said Dr. Hayes. “The process of decay peaks within 20 minutes of eating a sugary snack… (and) the results linger in there for hours afterwards.” TODAY reports dentists say chocolate is probably the “best bet” for Halloween candy, noting the ADA explains this is because chocolate washes off teeth more easily than other candy options. On the other hand, it’s good to limit or avoid hard, gummy, and sour candies. To help ensure oral health on Halloween and throughout the year, the article recommends drinking water, chewing sugarless gum, and brushing and cleaning between teeth.