Tooth Saving Tricks for Enjoying Halloween TreatsWednesday, October 31st, 2012, 6:08 pm
If you’ve got trick-or-treat aged children at your house you know that Halloween can be a little scary when it comes to preventing cavities. No, you don’t need to throw away all the candy and replace it with kale! Here are some suggestions for enjoying holiday treats without causing too much damage to those young smiles.
- Sort the candy and try to get rid of the really sticky stuff. Sticky candies are especially bad for teeth because they adhere to the tooth surface, especially between teeth, and hold that sugar against the tooth surface for a long period of time.
- Chocolate, especially dark chocolate, is actually OK for your teeth. Chocolate candy bars filled with sticky filling are not.
- Don’t allow free access to the treats. Constantly bathing the teeth in sugar by snacking on candies all day long is likely to cause cavities.
- Make the candy part of a meal. Allow Halloween treats after your child eats a meal. They will want less candy because they are already full and eating something sugary with a meal means saliva is already flowing freely. Saliva washes away the sugar and helps remineralize the teeth, protecting them from cavities.
- AVOID THE SUGAR/ACID COMBO. Sour candies like War Heads contain sugar and acid. This combination is terrible for teeth and should be avoided.
Brushing and flossing and regular visits for dental cleanings are part of preventing cavities in your kids. Please contact Wilbanks Smile Center in Toccoa, GA today at 706-886-9439 to schedule your next visit and don’t forget to ask about dental sealants to protect the chewing surfaces of teeth from decay.