Halloween is a blast for parents and kids, and trick-or-treating for delicious sweets is always a highlight of the year. But once your little ones have hung up their costumes, how can you prevent cavities and keep their teeth healthy while still allowing them to indulge a bit for the holiday? Find out in this article from North Hills Family Dental!
Don’t Let Your Kids Control Their Own Candy Stashes
Don’t let your little ones scurry off to stash their candy in their rooms. You need to stay in control of their candy, and make sure they’re not eating too much of it.
Eating too much sugar all at once won’t just mean a high risk of cavities, but will also result in an upset stomach and an unhappy child!
Try To Avoid Giving Them Too Many Hard, Gummy Or Sticky Candies
Hard candy and gummy or sticky candies tend to get stuck in your teeth, which can increase the risk of cavities. Do your best to minimize the consumption of these types of candies!
Bonus Fact: What’s the best kind of Halloween candy for your teeth?
Chocolate! Especially dark chocolate bars that don’t have sticky caramel. Chocolate doesn’t tend to get stuck in the teeth, and can be easily rinsed away.
Don’t Munch On Candy Throughout The Day
If you or your kids snack on a little bit of Halloween candy regularly throughout the day, you’re creating the perfect environment for bacteria to develop. The constant barrage of sugar doesn’t allow your mouth and saliva to rinse away the sugar. Snacking on sugary treats will lead to a higher risk of cavities.
Save your sweet treats for a single time of day. You and your kids can have multiple pieces, but once you’re done, be done. Then go rinse or brush to remove lingering sugar.
Bonus Fact: When is the best time of day to eat candy?
After meals! Your kids won’t be able to eat as much candy after a healthy meal. Plus, their saliva production will already be stimulated after eating, which helps rinse sugars away and reduce the risk of cavities.
Brush (Or At Least Rinse) After Eating Candy
Brushing after eating candy will help eliminate the risk of cavities. Rinsing the mouth with mouthwash or water can also help. Even just drinking a large glass of water helps remove sugar from the mouth, reducing the risk of tooth decay.
Remember to floss if you feel an extra bit of chewy or hard candy between teeth. Flossing can also give your mouth and teeth a much cleaner feel after indulging in a sweet snack.
Give Them Sugar-Free Chewing Gum After Eating Sweets
Sugar-free gum is delicious, and helps stimulate saliva production. In turn, this washes away sugar and food particles, and helps keep your child’s teeth healthy. So give them a stick of gum after they eat their candy. Even chewing it for just 20 minutes will help keep their teeth healthy.
Don’t Forget About Your Child’s Regular Oral Exams & Teeth Cleanings!
Bringing your child into our office before or after Halloween is a great way to make sure their mouths are healthy and cavity-free. So if your child is overdue for a teeth cleaning, don’t wait. Give us a call now at (412) 364-1477 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Lawrence Mauro, or stop by our office at 9401 McKnight Road, Suite 307, Pittsburgh, PA 15237 to get started.