Halloween can be a fun holiday to get dressed up and enjoy a costume themed parties with friends and family. Holiday signature cocktails and creepy eats are fun to make, and even more fun to consume. It is inevitable that this time of year brings on a slew of extra sugary beverages and treats that can take a toll on our oral health. From social events to the breakroom at work, sugar is lurking around every corner, and some of it can be instantly deadly to your dental work!
Hard Candy: Deadly to Dental Crowns & Fillings
Be aware of hard or sticky candy especially if you have had any restorative dental work done.
Certain candy can be detrimental to any restorative dentistry you may have. Hard and sticky candy can pull your fillings out and crack your crowns. Damaged crowns and fillings can be extremely painful resulting in the need for emergency dental work. Repairing the damage can be time consuming and costly, and should be avoided. If your dental crowns or fillings were done recently, it is recommend you stay away from any hard or sticky candy all together.
To help you navigate those party spreads this Halloween, here is a brief list of treats Washington, DC Dentists Dr. John Arroyo, Jr. and Dr. Jeremi Arroyo suggest staying away from if you have dental crowns, fillings or dental appliances.
Thick Tortilla Chips
Drs. Arroyo and Arroyo want you to enjoy the festivities of the Halloween and holiday season, and even the sweets and candy! As always, moderation is key. Make sure your are drinking plenty of water to wash away that sugary residue, and try consuming candy after eating a meal, when saliva glands are already active and helping to flush away harmful bacteria in the mouth. A vigilant daily oral health routine is essential to maintaining your lasting healthy smile.
Schedule Your Tooth Cleaning
If you are experiencing damage to previous dental work or think you may be developing a cavity, contact our Washington, DC dentist office to schedule an appointment before a minor problem becomes a major one. For experienced and reliable restorative dentistry, Drs. Arroyo and Arroyo will provide a thorough oral health exam and a personalized treatment plan.