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How to look after your smile this Halloween in Kent

30 / 10 / 2023

How to look after your smile this Halloween at Crook Log Dental Practice

Halloween can be a challenging time for our teeth. Sugar is one of the main causes of tooth decay. Unluckily for our patients of Bexleyheath, Kent, Trick or treating can result in a sweet loot bag full of sugary sticky treats that can increase your chances of tooth decay.

Crook Log Dental Practice has a few tricks and tips to help minimise your risk of decay this Autumn, so you can happily enjoy your Halloween treats, guilt-free!

Choose Dark over Milk Chocolate

Dark chocolate contains less sugar than milk and white chocolate and a higher percentage of cocoa. Cocoa beans contain theobromine, which has been shown to remineralise teeth.

Dark chocolate may not be to everyone’s taste, perhaps this may sway you. Most dark chocolate is rich in plant chemicals called flavanols. Flavanols are antioxidants linked to a lower risk of heart disease. In theory, dark chocolate will contain higher flavanol content (greater health benefit). This can help improve blood flow and reduce blood pressure whilst elevating energy levels!

Enjoy your sweet treats at mealtimes

Every time you enjoy something sugary, it feeds the bacteria living on your teeth, creating harmful acids at the same time. These acids soften the enamel on your teeth, making them more susceptible to erosion and decay. It takes your saliva around 30 minutes to neutralise this acidity. If you wait 30 minutes and then eat another sugary snack the whole process starts again and your teeth are endlessly subjected to acidic conditions.

Our dentists at Crook Log Dental Practice recommend eating your sweet treats in fewer sittings, preferably at mealtimes, preventing this continuous acid attack.

Try not to snack on sweet treats throughout the day and evening over the Halloween holiday period, our tip is too chew sugar-free chewing gum to keep snacking at bay!


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Damage control

There are a few things you can do to limit the damage after eating your sugary treats. Many of us would rush to clean our teeth but as we’ve learned, your teeth soften during this acid attack and you could cause more damage by brushing.

Allow your enamel 30 minutes to re-harden first if you want to brush. In the meantime, drinking water and chewing sugar-free gum can help to stimulate saliva flow and wash away sugary food debris and bacteria.


Healthy Halloween Treats

Halloween parties are usually a feast of sugary sweet treats, cakes and brownies, caramel apples, and sweetened cocktails and juices. Let us help you choose healthy alternatives whilst still enjoying the party food!

  • Drink through a straw – When allowed to pool in the mouth, soda and juices can have a harsh effect on teeth. By using a straw, positioned towards the back of the mouth, it is possible to reduce the effects of those highly acidic beverages, which can weaken tooth enamel.
  • Choose sugar-free sweets – Supermarkets and local shops in Bexleyheath, Kent now have a wide stock available of sugar-free sweets. The sugar has been replaced with a sweetener such as sorbitol, maltitol, erythritol, and xylitol but these can have laxative effects if taken in too high quantities!
  • Offer alternate treats to children – Switch it up and offer non edible treats such as light-up bracelets and wands that also offer an extra bit of safety on a dark Halloween night. Give them out to family members or trick or treaters on Halloween, and they’ll forget all about the sweets!
  • Swap milk chocolate for dark chocolate – As mentioned previously, dark chocolate has a much lower sugar content than milk and white chocolate.
  • Tuck into the grazing table – 2023 has set a trend with the ‘grazing table’ which we as Dental professionals are firm fans of. Containing little sugar, grazing tables usually contain low-sugar foods including;

Cured meats: prosciutto, salami, ham. Soft and hard cheeses including, fresh and dried fruits. Crackers, breads, baguettes, and breadsticks. Olives, peanut butter. Dips and spreads including Hummus, pesto, and Vegetable sticks.


Avoid sticky candy and sweets, stick to chocolate

Avoid sticky, sour, and hard candies this Halloween. Sticky sweets are called that for a reason: they stick to your teeth. Remnants of sticky sweets and caramels are difficult to remove, even with diligent brushing and flossing. The remaining bits of sweet can cause rapid tooth decay.

Chocolate treats can easily be washed away by drinking a glass of water or milk, and unlike other candy that is sticky, gooey, and hard, chocolate doesn’t linger as long on your teeth.

For more information and help on cutting down on your sugar, please visit


Practice Good Oral Hygiene

The last thing you or your child will want to do on a busy, tiresome Halloween night is brush and floss your teeth before bed. But whatever you do, prioritise your night-time oral care routine.Failing to brush your teeth at the end of the day gives the bad bacteria in your mouth many hours to feast on the debris and release acids that cause tooth decay and gum disease.

Bacteria breaks down the enamel of your teeth, leading to tooth decay, cavities, and gum disease. When you go right to bed without brushing, the plaque in your mouth begins to harden. Once plaque calcifies, it becomes calculus (tartar) and is impervious to simple brushing, costing you a trip to our dental Hygienist!

Protect your smile

Think twice before using any goofy fake teeth or prosthetics this Halloween. Always read warning labels on any accessories for your mouth such as plastic vampire teeth and make sure to consult with your dentist should you have any more questions.

Also, make sure that if you’re using fake teeth with your child’s costume that they do not pose a choking hazard to your little one. By considering these tips, you can all have a great time trick or treating or partying!


Tooth Cleaning

Can I see the hygienist only?

Yes, you can. Our hygienists at Crook Log Dental Practice offer direct access, meaning you can visit them for a scale and polish without being referred by your dentist. But do remember to keep seeing your dentist for regular check-ups!

Please visit Hygienist Bexleyheath | Dental Hygiene Kent | Crook Log Dental ( for more information.

How do I book an appointment?

If you would like further information about registering to join as a new patient at our Bexleyheath-based dental practice, please call our team on 020 8303 3838 who will arrange a date and time suitable for you.

Alternatively, you can book online via our online booking system at with Denplan, Simply Health, to enjoy the benefits and discounts most of our patients are benefiting from by clicking this link

From all of the team at Crook Log Dental Practice, we wish you a very happy Halloween!
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