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As Halloween quickly approaches, your smile could be in grave danger, especially because of all the sugary treats and candy available. So, it’s important to take good care of your teeth and gums this Halloween holiday, and one way you can do that is by avoiding the Halloween treats that are harmful for your smile. Those treats are:

No. 1: Gummy Bears: Gummy bears are full of sugar. In fact, a typical serving of gummy bears, which is about 20, contains 30 grams of sugar. This equals out to be about 7 ½ teaspoons of pure sugar sticking to your teeth. This is very dangerous because sugar feeds the bacteria in your mouth and promotes tooth decay.

No. 2: Gobstoppers: Gobstoppers are sugary and extremely tough to eat. This means they will be in your mouth for a long period of time. And the longer the gobstopper is in your mouth, the longer your teeth are exposed to the sugar. Also, if you try biting on this treat too early, you could chip or crack your teeth.

No. 3: Starbursts: Starbursts are sugary and sticky, which is dangerous for your teeth because the sticky treat clings to the teeth for a long period of time. This can wreak havoc on your smile. The sugar causes changes in your mouth, which lead to the breakdown of tooth enamel, causing the formation of tooth decay.

No. 4: Tootsie Rolls: Tootsie Rolls are dangerous for the smile because are so sticky that they can pull dental work, like a dental crown or dental filling, out of place. They can also hide in the nooks and crannies of your smile and promote cavities.

No. 5: Blow Pops: Blow Pops are in your mouth for a long period of time and they are sticky, which makes them even more dangerous for your smile. With the sugar coating on the outside and the sticky gum on the inside, all you’re doing is asking for trouble.

For more information and details about how to have a smile-healthy Halloween in Flossmoor, Illinois, we encourage you to call Southland Smiles at 708-794-4253 today and talk to your dentist, Dr. Richard Mantoan, or a member of our dental team. We are happy to give you all the tips you need, and we look forward to hearing from you!