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Halloween Candy and Tooth Decay

It is that time of year again, that wonderful time when the leaves start to change colors and there is a slight chill in the air. October means pumpkins, falling leaves and football season. October also means that Halloween is right around the corner. If you have children, it also means that soon they will go Trick-or-Treating and bring home bags and bags full of sugary treats. This is a concern for many parents as candy and other sugary treats have been associated with tooth decay and cavities.

So, does candy really cause tooth decay? The answer to this question is a little more complicated than you might think. The candy itself does not actually cause tooth decay, but it certainly contributes to the problem. Tooth decay is caused by acid-producing bacteria in your mouth that feast on carbohydrates. These carbohydrates can come in the form of candy or even starchy foods like bread. The longer these foods remain on the surface of your teeth, the more likely they are to feed the harmful bacteria that cause tooth decay. For this reason, certain candies and foods are more likely to cause tooth decay than others. That’s right, when it comes to tooth decay, not all candies are alike.

If you are worried about tooth decay in your children, you will want to limit their intake of candies and foods that stick to the surface of and in between the teeth. You know the kind:  gummy worms, licorice and even fruit rollups. If they do enjoy these types of treats, it is important to limit the amount of time that the sugar stays on the surface of their teeth. You can limit their exposure by having them rinse with water after eating sugary foods. Even better, you can have them brush and floss their teeth after eating candy.

Certainly, enjoying Halloween treats is one of the ways to celebrate the fall season. With your help, your child can enjoy these treats in moderation and limit his or her chances of developing tooth decay.  Happy Fall!

Posted on behalf of Dr. Hye Park, Green Dental of Alexandria


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Patti B.
I had my first visit, for a routine cleaning. I am very impressed with the ease of scheduling an appointment, the convenience of appointments outside of ""regular"" business hours, the friendly staff and the thoroughness of the examination and cleaning procedure. Dr. Park was careful, compassionate, a good listener, and explained a lot about my teeth and her recommendations to care for my dental health moving forward. I am pleased and I look forward to being a long-term patient! Thanks Green Dental of Alexandria!
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Lauren K.
Best dental experience I've had in a long time. The reception/billing staff was friendly and helpful. The dental hygienists were gentle and knowledgeable. Dr Park was kind, thorough, and answered all of my questions. I'll be back!
Terry A.
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Jennifer B.
I just had my first appointment at Green Dental and I couldn't be happier with their service. I tend to be nervous when going to the dentist, but all of the staff were very welcoming and nice. The exam chair massages your back as you're getting your cleaning and there's a television on the ceiling to distract you from dental work. The cleaning and evaluation was very gentle. Thanks, Green Dental!
Saletta C.
I've been a patient for 3.5 years. Today I got a tooth pulled. I am not proud of that. Dr. Park gave me options today that included allowing her to pull it or go see an Oral Surgeon. There was no way I was leaving her office when I trust her so much. I was nervous but I trust her more than anyone I've ever trusted to complete dental work. I am very found of Dr. Park and how caring and gentle her care is with each patient. I was equally impressed when I walked into her office today. Dr. Park was personally calling a patient just to see how he was doing after a visit. I joked with her about that .... what Dr. calls just to check on you anymore. Very nice. Very much appreciated.
Ranjana S.
I picked this because it was close and was impressed with the polite professionalism I encountered. Loved that I did not have to wait, but also loved the massage chair to relax tired back muscles. I felt the cost of procedures was a little on the high side...
Chantel L.
One of the best dental clinics I've been to thus far. I love the fact that they give an incentive (free tooth whitening) for good dental hygiene and their service is impeccable. I'm happy they actually went over the x-rays and pictures they took of my teeth to give more knowledge of what they look for in x-rays. I'm so happy I found them!
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