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Do you want a strong and healthy smile this Halloween? If so, it’s important to take good care of your teeth and gums. In order to do so, your dentist, Dr. Rebecca Barfield, and our dental team strongly recommend keeping up on oral hygiene, receiving a professional dental cleaning, and avoiding these Halloween treats:

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.

If you avoid these treats, there is a chance your teeth and gums can remain in tip-top shape this Halloween season. To learn more about how to have a smile-healthy Halloween in Little Rock, Arkansas, please feel free to call Jolly Family Dentistry today at 501.228.6360. We are happy to help you!