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Our Borgmeyer Dental team cares about you and your smile, which is why we encourage you to take good care of your teeth and gums this Halloween. If you don’t, the sugary treats available could attack your smile and cause dental issues, and no one wants that this holiday season.

So, to help you keep your smile in pristine condition this Halloween, your dentist, Dr. David J. Borgmeyer and Augustine Borgmeyer, and our dental team recommend that you keep up on oral hygiene, attend your six month checkup, and avoid eating the following five Halloween treats:

No. 1: Gummy Bears: A typical serving of gummy bears is about 20 bears, which contains about 30 grams of sugar. This is like eating just over seven teaspoons of straight sugar. Sugar is bad for your teeth because it feeds the bacteria in your mouth and promotes tooth decay.

No. 2: Gobstoppers: Because gobstoppers take a long time to break down, they’ll be in your mouth for a long period of time, which is not good. The longer the candy is in your mouth, the longer your teeth are exposed to the sugar. Also, if you bite down on the treat, there is a chance you can chip a tooth.

No. 3: Starbursts: Starbursts are sticky and sugary, which is a delicious but dangerous combination. Because they are so sticky, they will cling to your teeth for a long time. This makes you even more vulnerable to tooth decay.

No. 4: Tootsie Rolls: Tootsie Rolls are so chewy and sticky that they can pull dental work, like a dental crown or dental filling, out of place when you eat them. They also get stuck in the nooks and crannies of your mouth, exposing your teeth to the sugary particles for a long time.

No. 5: Blow Pops: Blow Pops have a sugary coating on the outside and gum inside, which is just asking for trouble. Not only does sucking on the sucker take awhile, but the gum is also loaded with sugar and it will stay in your mouth for an even longer period of time, thus promoting cavities.

For more information on how to have a smile-healthy Halloween in St. Louis, Missouri, please call our office today at 314-351-6554 and talk to a member of our team. We are more than happy to help you in any way we can, and we look forward to hearing from you!