Halloween Candy

“Trick or treat, smell my feet, give me something good to eat…” Not every treat your child gets from a night of Halloween trick or treating will be good for their oral health.

Take care of your child’s teeth by understanding how the worst, best, and everything in between Halloween candy affects their oral health:

THE TRICKS (the worst Halloween candy):

Sticky and Gummy Candy

Gummy worms, taffy, and dried fruit can be difficult to resist, but even more difficult to remove from your teeth. These treats leave a sweet residue on the teeth, which can be a source of tooth decay and lead to bacteria build up. Make sure to floss in the crevices between your child’s teeth to get candy out.

Sour Candy

The acidity in sour candy can weaken and damage tooth enamel, making teeth more vulnerable to cavities. However, saliva slowly helps to restore the natural balance of the acid in the mouth. We recommend waiting 30 minutes to brush your child’s teeth after consuming sour candy to avoid brushing the acid onto more tooth surfaces and increasing the risk of enamel erosion.

THE TREATS (the best Halloween candy):

Sugar-free Chewing Gum

Sugar-free gum can prevent cavities as it not only removes food particles from between the teeth but also increases saliva—which works to neutralize the acids of the mouth and prevent tooth decay.

Chocolate

Chocolate is one of the most popular kinds of candy handed out on Halloween. Dark chocolate has less sugar than milk chocolate and white chocolate. It is full of antioxidants, good for the heart, and can lower blood pressure. However, if your children don’t like the slightly bitter taste of dark chocolate, they can still enjoy regular milk chocolate because it washes off their teeth easily, which is helpful in preventing cavities.

TRICK AND TREAT (everything in between):

Hard Candy

Be careful when eating hard candy because it can chip or break your teeth. This kind of sweet takes long to eat and dissolve, so the sugar is getting in your saliva and washing over your teeth. Make sure your child drinks plenty of water to wash away amounts of sugar from your child’s mouth.

Sugar-free Lollipops & Hard Candy

A dry mouth allows plaque to build up on teeth faster, leading to an increased risk of cavities. Sugar-free lollipops and hard candies help stimulate saliva, which can prevent dry mouth.

Make sure to closely monitor your child’s candy intake all year round and continue to promote good oral hygiene routine and habits. Your child should be brushing their teeth twice a day, flossing once a day, and using mouth wash if age appropriate and possible.

At Advanced Children’s Dentistry, your Garden City Pediatric Dentist, we want to make sure your child is well-educated on their oral health. Call us today at (516) 758 – KIDS to reserve your child’s dental care appointment.

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