It’s that time of year again! Halloween is just around the corner! Everyone deserves a sweet treat on occasion, so what would your pediatric dentist recommend? Chocolate! Studies have shown that eating dark chocolate may contribute to improved cardiovascular health. Packed with natural antioxidants, dark chocolate also contains theobromine, which has been shown to harden tooth enamel! In moderation and coupled with good oral hygiene (brushing 2-3 times daily and flossing at night) – dark chocolate is a sweet treat that most everyone can enjoy!
While chocolate may not be on the top of everyone’s list, there are several other dental friendly options out there! Sugar free gum, hard candy and mints that contain ‘xylitol’ are dentist recommended! Brands such as Trident, Orbit, Eclipse and Extra are all stamped with the American Dental Association’s seal of approval! By inhibiting the growth of cavity causing bacteria, xylitol significantly reduces the risk of developing tooth decay!
The absolute worst candy for your teeth is the hard and sticky kind! Candy that is slow to dissolve or sticks to your teeth remains in your mouth for a prolonged period of time. The longer sugar stays in your mouth the more acid that cavity causing bacteria will be allowed to produce. For this reason, it is important to not only regulate how much and what type of candy we consume, but when we consume it. The best time to treat yourself or your children with candy is at meals because our increased salivary flow during this time acts as a natural buffer against the harmful acid that causes cavities.
At Sporting Smiles, we encourage our patients to make healthy choices! It’s okay to indulge! Just remember to brush and floss daily, visit us every six months and don’t forget: SPORT YOUR SMILE!