No matter your age, Halloween candy is a fun treat. Children and adults alike both enjoy the treats that come along with this annual spooky day. You have to be careful with your teeth around Halloween, but you don’t have to deny your child the fun that comes with the day because of it. However, it’s important to enjoy all of the treats safely to protect your dental health.
If you have a child that plans on trick-or-treating, or if you plan on sneaking candy out of their baskets, here’s how you can protect your teeth.
The biggest danger of Halloween candy is the risk for cavities. Bacteria in your mouth thrive on the sugar that comes along with your favorite treats. When the sugar and the candy leftovers meet the bacteria in your teeth, a weak acid forms. This acid is what contributes to cavities.
You don’t have to skip the trick-or-treating though. The American Dental Association’s MouthHealthy blog is here to save the day, however, with their list of the best and work candy to enjoy on Halloween. Here’s what they say:
Once you’re done enjoying your treats after a night of trick-or-treating, be sure you really focus on cleaning your teeth. Additionally, we know you’ll probably be enjoying these treats for a few days after Halloween, which means you’ll need to make sure to follow the same steps anytime you enjoy some candy.
While you should be brushing and flossing each day anyway, it’s important to be extra diligent this time of the year with all the sugar you’re consuming. It’s also important to monitor how your children are brushing and flossing properly too so they don’t get a cavity.
WebMD provides these tips to make sure you’re setting your child’s teeth up for success:
At Mountain Aire Dentistry, we are pleased to offer complete dentistry for your entire family. We are here to take care of your family’s smiles for life. No matter if your child needs to have their first trip to the dentist, or if you have a sensitive tooth you need Dr. Berry to look at, our office is able to do it all. If you have any questions or just think your teeth need a good cleaning after Halloween, call our office now to get on the books: (303)-731-7755.