Does the thought of Halloween candy and how it is going to affect your children’s teeth give you anxiety? You are not alone! It is possible to be mindful of your child’s health and still let them enjoy the spooky holiday. Teeth decay over time because the majority — around 90 percent — of all the foods we contain some form of sugar or starch, two things that allow bacteria in dental plaque to produce acids. Unfortunately, this bacterial acid will start attacking your teeth, which leads to a loss of tooth mineral and, ultimately, to cavities. And let’s be honest with ourselves for a second. Halloween is an excuse to eat candy and most people enjoy eating sweets on this spooky holiday. And let’s not forget about after Halloween sales, when candy is discount. There is just something about something about chocolate and gummies shaped like bats that brings us back to our childhood. So, if you plan on indulging on your kids’ candy while they sleep, remember that you can protect your smile from the effects of all that sugar.
At Foothill Dental Care in Livermore, we know the likely results of eating candy: not only damage to the teeth and gums but also possibly to a child’s health. But, we also want to remind you that it’s okay to eat that candy on Halloween as a treat if you and your children brush your teeth twice a day and floss once a day all year long. It also a good idea to avoid certain types of candy as best you can. According to the American Dental Association (ADA), the best types of treats you should stick to are those that melt easily and don’t produce residue that sticks to the teeth’s enamel. And whatever you have planned to celebrate the holiday, Halloween can be a morning-to-evening treat extravaganza. From cupcakes and chips and more at their school Halloween party to the pillowcase full of candy later that day – your child could be bathing their teeth in sugar in sugars and acidic ingredients all day long.
Here’s an idea of some of the common trick-or-treat candies and how they impact on your teeth, according to the ADA:
- Chocolate is probably you’re the best to eat, which is good since chocolate is also one of the most popular candies handed out on Halloween. Chocolate can easily wash off your teeth, especially when compared to other types of candy. Dark chocolate is the better choice.
- Try to stay away from anything sticky because these are the worst for your candies. They are harder to remove and because of this, they tend to stick top you teach much longer, which can make it easier for cavity-causing bacteria to settle in.
- Hard candies can break your teeth and because we tend to keep these kinds of candies in your mouth longer. Your saliva gets full of sugar and continuously washes over your teeth.
- Sour candies tend to be very acidic and acidity can weaken (or even damage) your enable, which makes your teeth more susceptible to cavities.
If you need to get your children’s teeth taken care of after all the Halloween candy, contact Foothill Dental Care in Livermore at (925) 961-5484 to schedule an appointment today. A great smile begins with a healthy mouth. Call Foothill Dental Care today.