Halloween is right around the corner! To avoid the negative effects Halloween candy can have on your oral health, remember these quick tips:
Have a Plan for Fighting Cavity-Causing Bacteria
It can be difficult to manage the amount of candy your child gets their hands on this time of year. Although some kids manage to collect hundreds of pieces of candy, you can monitor the number of treats your child brings home and keeps. It’s tempting to keep all the Halloween candy around for the kids (and ourselves), but your teeth will thank you if you limit the stash.
Here are three ways to keep your teeth healthy during Halloween:
- Avoid certain kinds of candy
- Maintaining your oral health routine
- Utilize a handy local Halloween candy buyback program
Avoiding certain kinds of candy
The Worst Candy for your Teeth:
Sticky and Gummy Candies: Dentists say “BOO” to these, candies. Sticky candies are hard to remove from your teeth, which allows them to create cavity-causing bacteria over time. Prevent your child from eating sticky and gummy candies by removing these from your kids’ candy haul. We’re looking at you, sour gummy worms!
Hard Candy: Hard candies affect our teeth in two ways. First, if we’re not careful, we can break our teeth when we bite down. Second, we often leave hard candy in our mouths for a longer period of time. This gives the sugar more time on our teeth. If you want to learn what happens when sugar hangs out on our teeth too long, check out the Floss like a Boss edition of our Tooth Truth series- http://www.deltadentalidblog.com/floss-like-a-boss/
The Best Candy for your Teeth:
Chocolate: Chocolate is one of the most popular candies handed out on Halloween and compared to hard candy or gummies, chocolate is the best bet for your teeth. We’re not saying chocolate is good for your oral health, but it is better than the alternatives. It’s easier to clean off of your teeth than gummy candies because it melts away instead of sticking around.
Maintain Your Oral Health Routine
Halloween creates temptations that often disrupt our oral health routine. From staying out late to keeping candy around 24/7, it’s the cavity-causing season. If you keep your oral health in check, you can keep cavities away. Limit the number of treats per day and reinforce the need for good oral hygiene.
- Continue to brush your teeth twice a day
- Clean between your teeth with floss at least once a day
- Stay away from sugary beverages
- Drink more water
- Maintain a healthy diet
Utilizing a handy local Halloween candy buyback program
Halloween Candy Buyback is a nonprofit organization with the goal of removing excess Halloween candy from kids while supporting the troops. Get rid of all that candy and make a difference while you’re doing it. Register to hold a buyback event or search for one near you on their website!
To learn more about what dentists give out at Halloween and get their best advice for keeping kids’ teeth healthy, visit www.trickytreats.org.