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Halloween is a holiday when children get to dress up as their favorite imaginative characters as they bask in a candy frenzy of epic proportions. At the same time, more than one or two parents happen to indulge in a sweet treat purloined from their child’s candy bag.

While the sugar rush from a handful of sweet treats might seem to be quite the reward, it can have haunting consequences on the health of your teeth. Sticky candy, melted chocolate, and other confections can get trapped in the contours of the teeth. This promotes the bacteria in your mouth to bloom and exploit the tooth enamel to form tooth decay.

At the same time, residual sugars in your mouth feed the bacteria and help them reproduce in astonishing numbers. Not only does this contribute to the process of tooth decay, but it also increases plaque formation and the chances of tartar hardening on teeth.

There are a few things you can do to help prevent these problems after eating Halloween candy. Shortly after finishing your candy binge, you should vigorously rinse your mouth with water. Then, a half hour later you can gently brush your teeth with a soft-bristled toothbrush and abrasive toothpaste. This will clean away residual candy bits from the contours of your teeth.

It would also be a good idea to give your teeth a quick flossing to remove any trapped candy particles from between teeth and along the gumline. Then you could also rinse your mouth with antiseptic mouthwash to kill some of the lingering bacteria in your mouth.

If you are concerned about the impact of Halloween candy on the health of your teeth, you can always call Tacoma Washington Dentist at to seek further advice from your dentist, Dr. Phuong Nguyen. We are happy to help you have a smile healthy Halloween in Fircrest, Washington.