Halloween and your teeth
It’s the season of pumpkins, scary movies, and…Halloween Candy. It’s hard to avoid the candy cravings your child has, especially after trick-or-treating. There are a few simple rules you can implement to avoid the creepy cavities that can come into your child’s life.
Scary Stick Sweets
These delicious treats can sit and linger in your child’s teeth after consumption. If a tooth brush is not available, consuming a glass of water will help reduce the amount of sugar that resides on the teeth. Brushing will be needed, but a glass of water will help wash away the bulk of the settled sugar from candies and sweets.
Keep others clear of the creepy cavities
Just because others are handing out the yummy, sugary candy, doesn’t mean you have to. Providing sugar free chewing gum or sugar free candy will help children steer clear of potential cavities that may cause potential toothaches, but gives them still a tasty treat that they look forward to. Also, it will be best to monitor how much candy your child consumes to again, prevent any future problems with cavities and potential toothaches.
How Halloween candy can effect your teeth.
You may be surprised to learn that sugar is in a lot of different foods. Sure, there are natural sources of sugar like fruits and vegetables, but you can also get it from more processed snacks like chips and cookies. White processed sugar is particularly damaging because it leaves a sticky residue on your teeth that’s tough for saliva to wash away. The only way to remove this residue is by brushing, flossing, mouthwash, and dental cleanings.
Of course, it’s best to moderate your sugar intake overall. But if you do snack on sugary foods often, you’re exposing your teeth to acidic dissolving effects for extended periods of time. This can lead to tooth decay.
For more information here is what the American Dental Association has to say.