Is it possible, or fun, to avoid Halloween candy altogether? No! Have your candy and eat it too – while keeping your teeth in mind by avoiding oral health challenges, like sweet treats. Halloween is a great way to teach your kiddos some oral health tips and tricks to have a safe, cavity-free Halloween holiday. Here are some of our favorite tried and true candy tips:
- Candy Plan: Don’t go overboard with Halloween candy – create a plan ahead of time so you can have a plan surrounding all that candy coming in. Maybe you set the limit of houses you visit, or fill a smaller bag. You can also have your kids parcel out candy as “trade ins” for other, non-sugary rewards (a toy, sticker, tv time, etc.). Whatever you feel comfortable with, it’s so helpful to create rules and a plan before the Trick-or-Treating begins, so everyone knows their expectations and can enjoy the day! This is also the perfect opportunity to talk about the importance of limiting sugary treats and oral health.
- Brush Away the Sugar: Whatever amount of sugar you or your child consumes, it’s extremely important to brush and floss after sweat treats. A brand-new toothbrush and floss as a Halloween gift are a great way to get your children excited about brushing their teeth after candy. Candy can easily get stuck in-between teeth and cause tooth decay, cavities, and other oral health problems. Young children may need help with these steps.
- Avoid Super Sticky Sweets: Sticky candies, like gummies, caramels, taffys, etc., stick to your teeth more than soft candies, like chocolate. They are much harder to brush away and should be avoided.
- Timing Helps: Did you know that your mouth produces more saliva around mealtimes? Saliva is super helpful in washing away bacteria in your mouth, so planning on eating a sweet treat around a mealtime helps wash away bacteria even more. Don’t snack on candy throughout the day, but indulge in a sweet treat after a meal instead. The longer the sugar is in your mouth, the longer is can cause decay.
- Chocolate is the Best Bet: As we mentioned earlier, sticky sweet treats can cause the most damage to your teeth. Dental experts recommend chocolate for a sweet treat. “Chocolate is one of the better candies because it washes off your teeth easier than other types of candy,” Dr. Ferraz- Dougherty says from MouthHealthy.org. “Dark chocolate also has less sugar than milk chocolate.”
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It’s okay to enjoy Halloween to the fullest and enjoy some sweet treats! It’s all about dressing up, having fun, and enjoying a day away from the norm. Remember to avoid oral health challenges by brushing and flossing after enjoying your sweet treats!
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Dr. Travis A. Roberts, DDS October 27th, 2020
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