Halloween is a day to celebrate and most of us do that by enjoying different types of sweets. But unfortunately these sweets are made with a lot of sugar which may damage our teeth. There is a maximum amount of sugar that is recommended to eat each day and going above this limit may cause teeth decay and gum diseases. Even though some of the candies handed out at Halloween are small in size, their sugar levels are alarming, especially when we consume lots of them in a single day, like our recent Halloween holiday. Here is a table showing some of the sugar levels of the most common candies consumed during Halloween:
Candy Serving Grams of sugar Calories
- Snickers 1 Fun Size 8.5 80
- Nerds 1 Fun Size box 12 50
- Tootsie Roll 1 Piece 1.5 10.8
- Life Savers 4 pieces 12 60
- M&Ms 1 Fun Size bag 9 70
- Reese’s 1 peanut butter cup 10.5 105
The maximum limits for sugar intake in one day according to the American Heart Association are:
– Men: 150 calories per day (37.5 grams or 9 teaspoons).
– Women: 100 Calories per day (25 grams or 6 teaspoons).
According to this information, dads can then have a little bit more of the candies than moms. Since parents like to enjoy some of the candy their kids have collected, they should have in mind the maximum amount per day.
How Sugar Affects Our Teeth
Our mouth has both essential and harmful bacteria. An acid is formed by the bacteria when our mouth becomes sugary and this acid starts to destroy the enamel of the tooth. Most tooth decay starts this way and sometimes the gums start to be affected by the acid leading to different gum diseases.
How Can You Prevent Gum Disease?
1. Educate Your Family
The first thing to do is educate your whole family on the effects on your teeth of consuming a lot of sweets and high sugar candies. After that, let them know in advance that they will be required to exercise good dental hygiene and preventative maintenance when Halloween comes around. Sometimes it’s too hard to say “No” to all the goodies that Halloween has to offer, but moderation is candy consumption is the key.
2. Eating Alternatives to Candy
Instead of eating sugary sweets during Halloween, you can introduce the sugar-free options such as trail mix. Alternatively, the kids can be gifted with toys and other presents. The health of their teeth should always come first and you can try out different alternatives they might love instead of candy.
3. Clean Your Teeth
The best option of preventing tooth decay after eating too much candy has always been to brush your teeth immediately after eating. This will prevent the acid from being formed in the first place. If you can’t brush your teeth, rinsing your mouth thoroughly using enough water or a mouth rinse will remove any sugar from your mouth. And don’t forget to floss!
You can always contact Artista Dental Studio if you suspect any problems or oral concerns that you might have. Dr. Joseph Manfredi is available to offer a dental consultation for any cavities that might be noticeable as well as to offer you the best dental solutions for good oral hygiene and proper dental care. Give our office a call today!