Because it’s Halloween, you know what that means – CANDY. Every child loves it, every parent doesn’t want to deal with it. Unfortunately, this day can present parents with a lot of dental health challenges.
Keep Those Smiles Healthy
Not sure what you can have the kids do?
- First, have them brush their teeth twice a day for two minutes to remove sugar
- Second, limit eating sugar in between meals
- Third, keep sodas away from them – they don’t need more sugar!
- Finally, include dairy, plenty of fruits and veggies, and water in their diets
How Cavities Form
When the kids eat candy, harmful mouth bacteria feed off sugar. The bacteria create acids which then erode tooth enamel. Cavities are a bacterial infection that is created by those acids. When you develop a cavity, a hole in your tooth forms.
How Can You Minimize Candy’s Impact on Their Teeth?
- Drink plenty of water. Water can minimize some of the harmful effects of sugar, preventing decay.
- Eat candy with meals. When candy is eaten at mealtime, saliva production increases.
- Brush after eating.
Happy Halloween Candies
Dark chocolate is the best candy for your teeth. Chocolate may be more effective than fluoride at fighting tooth decay, according to several studies, due to a compound in chocolate that helps harden tooth enamel.
Sugarless candies, such as candies with stevia or candies that diabetics consume. Sugar feeds bacteria and upsets the healthy ratios of pH and bacteria in the mouth.
Candy bars with nuts. Candy bars with a lot of nuts can break up the stickiness, and it’s the stickiness of a candy that increases the chance of cavity.
The last thing you want to do is have an emergency dental visit after Halloween! If you have any additional questions, contact Dr. Nick’s WHITE & healthy at 813.445.7162.
We hope you have a safe and Happy Halloween!