We have reached the end of October which means Halloween is upon us. Halloween is an exciting holiday for children, getting to dress up in their favorite costume and going trick-or-treating around the neighborhood while collecting as much candy as possible.
Dentists are not the biggest fans of Halloween when it comes children’s oral health based on the consumption of candy. Dentists know the ramifications of Halloween candy to not only their oral health but also to their overall health.
Having good oral health goes beyond just the health of children’s teeth and gums. Poor oral health can lead to cavities, periodontal disease, and infections, which can impact the health of their entire body.
Here are five tips for maintaining good oral hygiene while still enjoying the perks of Halloween.
Choose the Right Candy
It is a good idea to avoid hard candy and other sweets that sit in the mouth for a long time, such as lollipops and jawbreakers. These candies can increase the chances of tooth decay because of the length of time that they are in the mouth.
Avoid Chewy and Sticky Candy
Chewy and sticky treats are very damaging to the teeth as they cling to the grooves in the teeth and take longer to be washed away by saliva increasing the likelihood of cavities and tooth decay.
Chocolate is Best
Chocolate dissolves quicker in the mouth than other types of candy, decreasing the amount of time sugar sits on your teeth.
Set a Time for Halloween Treats
It is tempting to sit around and eat candy throughout the entire day but limiting the amount of time candy that’s allowed to be consumed will benefit children’s oral health. Setting a specific time during the day when for children to indulge in treats, such as after dinner time, helps protect the teeth and gums but also teaches children that sweets should be eaten in moderation.
Take Preventive Steps
Drinking water while eating candy helps keep the sugars from resting on the teeth for an extended period of time. And as always ensuring that children brush and floss their teeth before bed is crucial.
Contact Your Raleigh Pediatric Dentist Today!
By practicing good oral hygiene habits, you’ll be able to uphold a bright and healthy smile throughout the Halloween season. It’s vital to visit the dentist to maintain optimal oral health. Our Raleigh dentists have the expertise to cater to the needs of your children and their smiles. Schedule your child’s pediatric dentistry appointment now by calling us at 919-834-4450 of by filling out the contact form below. Have a happy Halloween from your friends at Six Forks Smiles!