POSTED: Friday, November 1, 2013 - 8:34am
UPDATED: Friday, November 1, 2013 - 8:35am
Halloween is well known for being a night of scaring and terror, but what happens after Halloween can be even more frightening for your teeth.
That giant bag of candy that kids collect each year can do significant damage to their teeth, especially certain kinds of candies.
"The chewy ones are the ones that probably can give the most damage to teeth. They stick to existing dental work and can actually pull dental, little stainless steel crowns off the teeth."
Lollipops may not seem like they'd do much harm to your sweet tooth, but many of the hard candies that stay in the mouth for a long time can send you straight to the dentist's chair.
"The teeth are being bathed with the sugar, which the sugar and the bacteria make the acid, which the acid is what breaks down the enamel of the teeth and cause cavities."
Biting into hard candies like jaw breakers can also crack teeth and cause tooth fractures.
It’s always important for parents to monitor what their kids eat on Halloween, and Doctor Cazares says there is a balance that allows kids to enjoy their treats and keep their teeth healthy. "The kids are gonna eat the candy, but just make sure they rinse their mouth out if they can't get to a toothbrush right away. And then make sure that they do not go to sleep Halloween night, or any night for that matter, with sugar in their mouth. So make sure that they brush and floss."