Halloween is right around the corner and even the most health-conscious among us may find themselves dipping into the candy jar. If you have restorations, however, it is important to know which of these may be best to avoid.
Restorations such as dental crowns, porcelain veneers, and dental bridges can, by and large, be treated just like natural teeth. Most are capable of matching bite strength, can be cleaned in the same manner, and work to preserve bite tension. It makes sense, then, that the candies that do the most damage to natural teeth are the same ones that should be avoided if you have restorations.
The worst Halloween candy for dental crowns and similar restorations are:
- Sticky and chewy candies such as caramel and taffy
- Hard candies such as suckers and jawbreakers
- Candy with nuts
- Popcorn balls and similarly sticky confections
These types of candy can damage porcelain veneers and other dental restorations while also increasing the risk of tooth decay and enamel erosion to natural teeth. Your best bet is to avoid them altogether.
Plain chocolate and many baked goods are safer choices. However, make sure to brush your teeth after every sweet treat to help prevent cavities and other oral health problems linked to excessive sugar intake.
What About Same-Day Dental Implants?
Same-day dental implants (Teeth the Same Day) can be used to replace an entire arch of teeth in a single sitting. As with most restorations, they can be treated just like natural teeth and are capable of restoring both function and beauty to the smile. And, just like other restorations, it is best to avoid Halloween candy that can cause damage.
Call Us for an Appointment
If you do damage your natural teeth or your restorations this Halloween, we can help restore your smile to its ideal strength and appearance. Give us a call at 610-642-7024 to schedule an appointment right away. The Office of Doctor Bellisario is located in Ardmore. We welcome patients from the Greater Philadelphia area and all surrounding Pennsylvania communities.