It’s that time of year again when children run from door to door gathering the largest mound of candy they can pack away for the winter months. While the kids have fun, parents tend to worry about the intake of so many sugar-packed candies.
We’re here to give you quick dental tips to remember before Halloween’s ghoulish fun!
Time is key
Eat Halloween candy with meals or shortly after. Saliva increases during meals, helping remove acids produced by bacteria in the mouth.
Don’t frequent the candy jar
Snacking, on anything, but especially sweets, can increase the risk of cavities. Choose a time to open the candy jar, or re-read the tip above for the best option.
Select candy wisely
Avoid hard candies and other sugary treats that remain in the mouth for a long time. The longer a candy sits on teeth, the more likely your child is prone to tooth decay.
Sticky is icky
Stickier candies cling to teeth and take longer to get washed away by saliva, increasing the risk of cavities.
State a plan
Minimize your child’s candy stash. Make it a game and a charitable effort. Have the kids choose their favorite candies, and donate the rest to organizations such as Ronald McDonald House Charities (search for your local chapter) or Operation Gratitude (find a candy give-back location).
Water, water, water!
Drinking lots of fluoridated water helps prevent tooth decay.
Brush and floss
Brush teeth twice a day for a minimum of 2 minutes each time. Floss at least once a day to remove decay-causing bacteria between the teeth where toothbrush bristles can’t reach.
Visit one of our supported dental offices
It’s important to teach your children proper dental hygiene. This is especially important when eating sugary foods. Every Halloween, make sure your family follows the tips we suggested so their tooth enamel stays strong and their mouth healthy. We have 160+ supported dental offices across 13 states. Find a location that’s close to you.