No doubt you are planning for Halloween costumes, and the anticipation of the annual candy grab has reached a fever pitch by now. Halloween is one of the most candy-filled holidays of the year, but it doesn’t have to be a spooky venture when it comes to your children’s oral health. There are ways to let them have some treats without wreaking havoc on their teeth.
It’s Okay For Your Children to Enjoy Some Trick or Treat Candy
Your children are going to want to eat some of their candy and moderation is the key!
- Minimize the cavity-causing potential of Halloween treats by agreeing beforehand that you will go through the loot bag for safety’s sake and for sorting out candy that is more harmful to their teeth.
- Decide on a modest number of treats they get to keep based on their age and size. This is beneficial as they’ll learn that all candy is not bad.
- Go through their Halloween candy together and using the number of treats previously determined, and from that selection, let them pick the candy they want the most.
- At that point, remove the candy they didn’t choose and donate it to the food bank, or take it to your workplace; your co-workers will thank you!
- If you’re extra imaginative, let them trade in the bulk of their candy for a non-candy prize. Cash or a special activity may be more appealing than a bag of candy.
The Worst Candy for Your Child’s Teeth
- Gummies, taffy, and caramels get stuck in the pits and grooves of teeth, making it nearly impossible for saliva to wash away the residue and it’s difficult to brush the sticky remnants out. The consistency of the candy makes a difference. The stickier the candy, the worse it is for teeth. Sticky, chewy candies are cavity-causing monsters.
- Hard candies, such as jawbreakers or Jolly Ranchers can break their teeth.
- Sour candy is likely acidic, which eats away tooth enamel.
- The least harmful sugary candy is dark chocolate! It doesn’t stick to teeth like most other candies, and the cocoa in it has many beneficial properties.
- The longer your teeth are exposed to sugar, the longer the cavity-causing bacteria have to break down the tooth enamel, which causes cavities. Sucking on a lollipop for fifteen minutes compared to eating a small bit of chocolate, that disappears in a few seconds makes a difference in how long your teeth are exposed to the sugary concoction.
How Long Should You Keep Their Halloween Candy?
- It’s better to eat the candy quickly and empty out the trick-or-treat bag sooner than later because this minimizes an ongoing exposure to sugar.
- Candy should be eaten only as a special treat right after eating a meal, when the saliva produced can cleanse the teeth with protective enzymes and minerals, to protect against cavities.
Halloween is only one day, but keeping your child’s teeth healthy is a year-round job! Make sure children brush and floss every day, eat a healthy diet, and limit sugary treats. Regular dental visits every 6 months with your hometown family dentist, Dr. Angela S. Evanson, DDS, will help keep your children’s teeth healthy and strong.
Located in Parker, Dr. Evanson also provides dental treatment for the surrounding communities of Highlands Ranch, Aurora, Castle Rock and Lone Tree. Call (720) 409-0008 or contact us online to make an appointment.
Costumes, fun and sweet treats are a major part of Halloween, but it doesn’t have to be a cavity-causing holiday! Let your little munchkins enjoy the holiday as you teach them how to moderate their sweets!Leave a reply →