As your kids anticipate putting on their costumes for Halloween parties and Trick or Treating, we have some “tricks” to help parents reduce the risk of cavities.
Of course, we wish the little goblins wouldn’t eat the sugary offenders or would at least limit their intake, followed by a good tooth brushing. But as the American Dental Association mentions, “it is ok to eat Halloween candy but have a plan”.
Here are some suggestions:
- Don’t buy Halloween candy until a day or two before Halloween. This way you or the kids won’t be tempted to eat it before Halloween.
- Have the kids eat a meal before trick or treating to help prevent overindulging on candy after.
- Use smaller treat bags so there will be less temptation.
- After they eat candy, encourage them to drink water or chew sugar-free gum to help increase saliva and neutralize the acid produced by bacteria that sticks to their teeth.
- Suggest exchanging the candy for a game and then donate the candy to the troops or a shelter.
Not all candy is created equal. The more it sticks or the longer it stays in the mouth the worse it is for the teeth.
Sticky offenders include taffy, caramel, and coconut. Lingering offenders include suckers, lollipops, and jawbreakers.
Sour is not better than sweet because it is higher in acid content and can break down tooth enamel.
Plain chocolate in moderation is a better option if followed up with good oral health care – brushing and flossing.
Another trick is to schedule their dental exams with Lakeshore Dental to prevent and detect problems.