Halloween is only a couple of days away, and you may be worried about how to protect your children from all that candy and sugar, without banning them from trick-or-treating. We can help you protect your child’s oral health during and after Halloween to allow your kids to have a fun holiday, without causing too much damage to their teeth. By following some simple suggestions, you can preserve their oral health even in the face of all that sugar.
What Foods to Avoid
While sugar from candy is not good for your child’s teeth, it is not the worst snack either. For instance, sticky foods like taffy are more dangerous than chocolate because they stick to your child’s teeth, allowing mouth bacteria to generate more enamel-attacking acids. In addition, sour candies usually have more acidic substances, as well as sugar, loaded into them. Also, hard candies can be a nuisance because they linger around in your child’s mouth longer, increasing his/her chances of developing tooth decay.
Tips for Protecting Your Child’s Teeth
There are a few things you or your child can do to prevent tooth decay, such as:
- Encouraging your children to drink more water–The water washes away food particles. Fluoridated tap water will also bolster your child’s dental health.
- Letting your kid’s gorge on candy–This may seem counterintuitive, but constant snacking is worse for your teeth than eating more in one setting. You can encourage your children to eat their candy soon after meals, or at a specific time during the day.
- Making healthy meals–To counterbalance the candy, you can prepare healthy meals for your children that will promote oral health.
- Making sure they brush their teeth properly–Children should brush twice a day and floss at least once. This is especially important when children are consuming so much sugar. Depending on your child’s age, you may have to supervise to make sure your child reaches all the surfaces of their teeth.
ABOUT YOUR SOUTHLAKE CHILDREN’S DENTISTS:
As a native Texan, Gregory Wright, DDS, opened his private practice in Southlake, TX in 1992. He and Dr. Victoria Heron are happily accepting new patients from Southlake, Grapevine, Keller, Trophy Club, Colleyville, and all surrounding communities. To learn more, call our office today at (817) 481-7999.