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If you are trick or treating this Halloween, by now you should have the perfect route mapped out. You know all shortcuts, and the best spots to hit for a full sack of goods, for maximum effectiveness. However, make sure not to go overboard, or you may find yourself getting spooked by new cavities this Halloween. Here are a few candy cautions to help you with a successful heist this year:

– Sticky Candy: Exercise care when consuming sticky candies such as taffy, caramels, or gummies, as they can easily stick to your teeth and gums. They can also be difficult to remove, which can rapidly increase tooth decay.
– Hard Candy: Hard candy should be avoided. They can break or chip teeth, and residue often ends up stuck to your teeth longer, which can rapidly increase tooth decay.
– Sour Candy: Due to their high acidic content, sour candies are some of the most dangerous treats to your precious teeth. Due to its acidic nature (nearly the same as battery acid), there is a high risk of cavities and enamel loss.
– Popcorn Balls: Popcorn balls can be dangerous if they are too hard, so be careful when biting into them. It is also recommended to floss regularly after consumption, as bits of popcorn can easily be lodged between the teeth.

Remember that your teeth want to have a great holiday too, so don’t forget to care for them.
From all of us at Jerry L. Butler, D.D.S., M.A.G.D, have a safe and Happy Halloween!
If you have any additional questions, or to book a future visit, please contact us at (828) 264-5858 , or stop by our office in Boone, North Carolina.