For kids and adults Halloween is a time for trick-or-treating, costumes, and – perhaps most of all – candy. However, teeth and bags of candy can be an unhealthy mix, and not just because of cavities. If you have one or more dental crowns, Salt Lake City dentist Dr. Keith Warr would like to remind you to be careful of certain sweets this Halloween.
Depending on your dental health habits, Halloween might be a reason you have crowns in the first place. If you can’t resist the opportunity to gobble up those goodies, here are four things to avoid so the holiday is easier on your dental work:
- Don’t bite down on hard candies – you could chip or break the porcelain crown
- Don’t chew gum, caramels, or taffy – sticky, gooey items can stick to the crown and pull it out of place
- Don’t open wrappers with your teeth – wear-and-tear can break down teeth and porcelain alike
- Don’t pick sucking candies – prolonging the time sugar is in your mouth increases the risk of decay, and crowns don’t prevent cavities
If you want to protect your dental crowns and your natural teeth while still being able to enjoy a treat, the ideal choice is straightforward chocolate. Whether it’s a candy bar or bite-size pieces, anything that “melts in your mouth” is easy to chew and won’t stick to your teeth, reducing the risk of cavities.
Obviously you should plan on brushing and flossing thoroughly on Halloween night regardless of what ended up in your trick-or-treat bag. To learn more about caring for dental crowns and your teeth, please contact Warr Dental or call (801) 216-3713 to schedule an appointment at our office in Salt Lake City.