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The season of frights and festive treats has finally arrived. With the tricks, treats, ghosts, and goblins set to occupy our lives in the coming days for Halloween; it is important to make sure you’re exercising care with any activities that can damage your teeth and gums. During Halloween, there are numerous candies you should avoid to keep your smile safe, including the following:

– Sticky candies such as taffy, caramels, or gummies, can easily stick to your teeth and gums and can be hard to wash away. This increases your risk for tooth decay and the rate at which tooth decay can take place.

– Even though sour candy might not seem much difference from other forms of candy, it can easily damage your smile due to its shockingly low PH content. In addition to the sugars existing in sour candy, a lower pH level also means a higher risk of enamel loss.

– Exercise caution when chomping down on hard snacks that can easily chip and crack your teeth, including popcorn balls, hard candies, and candy apples. Even if you have successfully bit into these substances in the past, your teeth may have worn down with age to the point where they are more vulnerable than in previous years.

– Fruit drinks can occasionally be so acidic they’re nearly as bad as battery acid. Exercise caution with any overly sugary drinks you may devour.

For more wonderful tips to a successful season, or to set up an appointment with Dr. Sudi Rafieian, please contact Chicago Bright Smiles at 312-642-5107. You are also welcome to stop by our office in Chicago, Illinois. We wish you all a safe and happy Halloween!