Caring For Your Teeth During Halloween

kahoka candy halloweenHalloween can be a scary time for your teeth, as too much candy is a major source of tooth decay. However, we have a few tips to help protect your smile and reduce the risk of cavities. In today’s blog, your Kahoka, MO, dentist discusses how to enjoy your treats and also safeguard your smile against tooth decay.

How Candy Causes Cavities

Our favorite candies all have one thing in common: sugar. When they consume them, they leave particles of sugar behind, on or between the teeth. As harmful oral bacteria then breakdown these particles, this elevates oral acidity and creates a layer of plaque buildup. Plaque cannot be removed with brushing and flossing, and could weaken enamel to make cavities develop. The same buildup is also linked to stained teeth and bad breath. We want you and your family to enjoy your Halloween fun, but we also want you to take a few simple steps to lower the risk of cavities.

A Few Helpful Tips

First, try to avoid options that are especially chewy or sticky, like those with caramel or taffy, as this will become stuck on the teeth. Milk chocolate treats are way easier to clean and remove! Hard candies could also chip a tooth, or in the process of sticking to them, coat the teeth in a sugar. You should also limit yourself to one or two pieces just after a meal, and if possible, drink a glass of water to help rinse away sugar. For some families, a trade could be helpful. Let your little ones choose their favorite pieces and trade the rest to you for a toy or money. This way everyone has the chance to trick or treat, without leaving smiles in danger.

Offering Healthier Options

Should you be the one handing out treats this year, you could help safeguard little smiles by selecting smile-healthy options. For example, opt for individually sealed containers of nuts or trail mix, or packages of sugar-free gum. You could also hand out stickers, or party favors like spider rings, rubber bats, or toy skeletons, as these are fun and spooky, and don’t put smiles in the path of tooth decay.

Daily Care

To help reduce the severity of plaque, be sure you and your family always take time to brush and floss daily, which removes stray sugar particles. You should also see us every six months for a dental checkup and cleaning! If you have any questions, or if you want to schedule a visit, call us today.


We would like to help families better care for their smiles during Halloween. To find out more about how we help safeguard your smile, then contact your Kahoka, MO, dentist, Dr. Barbour, by calling 660-727-4746.