Halloween is less than two weeks away, and if your children are like most, they are probably looking forward to feasting on their favorite candies and sweet treats. However, dentists aren’t as enamored with this holiday as your little ones are because they know the possible risks of indulging in all of the sugary candy — not only causing damage to the teeth and gums but possibly to a child’s oral health as well. If you have followed our blog, you already know that having healthy teeth and gums has a substantial impact that goes far beyond the mouth. Poor oral hygiene can increase the risk of cavities, periodontal disease, and infection, which can potentially cause issues with the heart, lungs, and entire body.
While we aren’t saying you can’t enjoy Halloween and trick or treating, we want to make sure you’re not putting your oral health at risk by going overboard. In this blog, we are going to review five candy tips to keep in mind this Halloween.
Select Candy Carefully
Your child will be sure to get a variety of candy after a night dressed up and going door to door. To ensure your child’s teeth and gums remain healthy, it is best that they avoid hard candy and other sweets that stay in your mouth for a long time. Unless the candy is sugar-free, candies that stay in the mouth for a long period of time subject teeth to an increased risk for tooth decay. Additionally, you’ll want to avoid chewy candy too. Chewy and sticky candy and treats, such as gummies or caramels, are particularly damaging because they are high in sugar, spend a prolonged amount of time stuck to teeth, can be difficult to remove while brushing, and are more difficult for saliva to break down. Try to only let your children eat candy that won’t linger in their mouth or on their teeth. After they eat candy, make sure that they brush their teeth properly.
When In Doubt, Go For Chocolate
Chocolate is a better sweet option this Halloween, since it washes away easier than other candy and sweets, and is less destructive to tooth enamel. But, dark chocolate especially is the best type of chocolate for oral health because it contains less sugar than milk chocolate and can actually help keep those pesky cavities away! Not to mention, it has other health benefits as well.
Eat Candy After Mealtime.
Parents should avoid letting their kids snack on candy throughout the day. Saliva production increases during meals, which helps naturally rinse sugar particles away from the teeth.
Follow Preventative Dental Care
Drinking water intermittently helps to keep the sugar from the candy from resting and damaging the tooth enamel. And while your children may be tired of hearing it, brushing and flossing their teeth thoroughly before going to bed is essential. It may be best to even have them brush after eating candy!
Happy Halloween From Advanced Dental Care
Halloween is an exciting time for kids. At Advanced Dental Care, we want you to have a fun and memorable Halloween. As always, we also want to make sure you’re taking good care of your teeth. For more information about how to keep your teeth clean or to schedule your next checkup, call our Leesburg dental office.