Candy and Your Teeth

Candy and Your TeethHalloween is upon us! With the arrival of Halloween comes the nightmare of every dentist, tons of tormented teeth due to your candy-filled nights during this holiday. Just kidding!

Halloween is not a dentist’s nightmare, in fact, in a recent study done by the ADA, or American Dentist Association, 75% of dentist’s offices hand out candy during October. So you don’t have to curb your candy cravings just yet or avoid the dentist for a few months while you do some heavy brushing, we aren’t going to tell you not to eat candy. Halloween is ingrained into us as a common childhood experience in American culture. Dentists won’t win the battle against Halloween, so instead, we recommend balance and here is why.

Why is candy bad for your teeth?

Sugar–especially refined sugar- is not very good for your body in large amounts, but it can do some damage to your teeth. However, sugar isn’t necessarily the bad guy when it comes to teeth, but rather the conditions sugar creates in your mouth.

Your mouth is filled with bacteria, and while some are beneficial, others are harmful. The bad bacteria is the real culprit when it comes to candy overloads and your teeth. This bad bacteria creates a weak acid when it consumes the sugar in your mouth. This acid is what erodes your enamel or the outside protective layer of your teeth.

Without proper dental hygiene, your teeth don’t stand much of a chance against the harmful bacteria’s acid and will begin to decay. Tooth decay is the process of bacteria producing high levels of acid that breaks down the structure of your teeth. This acid breaks down the enamel and allows for the formation of cavities.

Cavities that are left untreated can reach deep within the tooth, cause infection, and eventually kill your teeth. This will cause the infected tooth to rot, fall out, and often need to be removed to prevent the spread of harmful bacteria or infection.

However, for all of this to occur the food and bacteria would have to stay on your teeth for a while, which is why dentists stress the importance of brushing and flossing your teeth daily.

Does that mean you can’t have candy this Halloween?

Of course not! As we said, candy is okay as long as you balance it with proper dental hygiene.

Dentists recommend chocolate as the best candy to eat, which is great because chocolate tends to be one of the most popular handed out on the big night. Dark chocolate is probably better for your teeth than milk as it contains less sugar. Why chocolate? Chocolate washes off your teeth easier than other types of candy.

That doesn’t mean stock up on all the chocolate, as balance is key. Whatever sweets you end up eating, be sure to drink plenty of water, brush, and floss your teeth before you call it a night!

Contact us at Nabil R. Ibrahim, DDS to make an appointment for your next cleaning.

What Our Patients Are Saying

  • Eugene D. Avatar

    First Visit During Pandemic Once again, the folks at this dentist office hit all the marks a customer could possibly expect, and then some. The crew is always professional, prepared and courteous. I’ve always felt that their focus is on customer satisfaction and my visit yesterday was no... read more

    Eugene D. 7/01/2020
  • Susan P. Avatar

    Happy to return to Dr. Ibrahim's practice! Treatment from Dr. Ibrahim and his staff is always expertly professional but also warm and personal. The protective protocols the practice has implemented in our COVID-19 times are well-thought out, well-explained and very comprehensive. It is rare to think of one's care providers as... read more

    Susan P. 6/30/2020
  • Nancy U. Avatar

    Superb practice! The Ibrahim Dental Team is excellent in every way. Their precautions to ensure patient safety, health, and comfort win our loyalty. Their knowledge and mastery of advanced dental procedures win our trust in their expertise. Their ethical standards are the highest in the profession.... read more

    Nancy U. 6/28/2020
  • Sophie D. Avatar

    The best dentist there is! Dr. Ibrahim is the best dentist I've ever had. He goes above and beyond with his patient care to ensure appointments run smoothly and takes the time to explain procedures. His patience and kindness are remarkable. I highly recommend his care!

    Sophie D. 6/18/2020
  • Lori S. Avatar

    Always Top Notch I have been seeing Dr. Ibrahim and his team for over 20 years. They have always been both professional and caring. I just came back from my first Covid-19 era visit. As expected, they were following all of the protocols (plus I suspect more... read more

    Lori S. 6/18/2020
  • Harley M. Avatar

    Very competent, very caring Dr. Ibrahim got me in the same day for a cracked tooth. He showed me the crack (nice tech!), explained my options, and gave me a referral for a root canal in case of disaster (he can't put in a crown until the COVID-19... read more

    Harley M. 3/18/2020
  • Jacquelyn C. Avatar

    Jacquelyn C. The overall medical and personal attention is outstanding in this office from the front desk to of course, Dr Ibrahim. If you have any anxiety about going to the dentist, this is the office for you. Dr Ibrahim is a perfectionist in dental care... read more

    Jacquelyn C. 2/12/2020

Read More

original_patients-choice-winner-2015

Nabil R. Ibrahim, BDS,DDS,PLLC

Phone: (781) 729-1159
Fax: (781) 756-0900
10 Converse Place Suite 102
Winchester, MA 01890

Business Hours

Monday: 8:15am – 5:00pm
Tuesday: 8:15am – 5:00pm
Wednesday: 8:15am – 5:00pm
Thursday: 8:15am – 5:00pm
Friday – Sunday: Closed

Font Resize
Contrast
Call Us Text Us