Halloween is just around the corner. And we all know what that means – Halloween candy for days! You’ve heard it before, but it’s no secret that dentists aren’t a fan of sugar. But, you may not realize that according to the Center for Disease Control, one in four kids under five years of age already has cavities. So consider these helpful Halloween candy tips to help your child beat the odds at their next dentist appointment.
Small amounts of sugary foods and candy are not harmful, as long as you incorporate regular dental hygiene into your child’s daily routine. The problem is when an abundant amount of sugar is consumed, like most kiddos do with Halloween candy.
Also, a youngster’s teeth have deeper grooves and those sticky favorites like Skittles and Laffy-Taffy can become trapped and get stuck in their teeth.
Avoid These Type of Halloween Candy
Here is the lowdown on which Halloween candies to avoid. As a general rule of thumb, stay away from sugary, sticky and sour candy.
- Sticky candy like caramels or gummy candies stay on teeth longer than others.
- Hard candy, like lollipops or Jolly Ranchers stay in your child’s mouth for much longer than other types of candy. As the child sucks on the sugary treat, the bacteria has more time to transform the sugar into plaque and acid, which are key culprits in tooth decay.
- Sour candy is a big no-no. Avoid sour candy because it will erode tooth enamel.
Helpful Halloween Candy Tips
Lastly, here are some helpful tips to help make both your kiddo and family dentist smile this year:
- Regular brushing and flossing will help avoid tooth decay.
- Drink plenty of water to help wash and breakdown the sugar.
- Try letting your children enjoy a piece of candy after a meal since they will be less hungry.
- Or, if you are going to let them have at it, some dentists agree that it ends up being easier on their teeth if it is all done in one sitting. The outcome is better than spreading out candy consumption over a longer period of time.
Dr. Mike Mavrostomos is passionate about providing top-quality, comprehensive dental care. He is located in Bedminster, NJ whose continual pursuit of education and state-of-the-art dentistry has led to his being recognized as one of New Jersey’s Top Dentists by the New Jersey Top-Docs committee.