Not allowing children to go wild with the candy they collect during trick or treating is the best way to protect not only their oral health but their overall health. Letting children pick a limited number of treats out of the variety they collected Halloween night sets them up for success.
One of the best ways to ensure that children are choosing more teeth-friendly treats is to sort all of their Halloween candy based on how good or bad the treat is for their pearly white smile.
The best ways to prevent cavities while still have fun this Halloween include:
- Avoid eating chewy candy. The stickier the candy is the worse it is for the teeth. Chewy and sticky candies, such as gummies and caramels, get stuck in the grooves of the teeth making it difficult for saliva to wash away the sugars increasing the likelihood of cavities and tooth decay.
- Choose a better option such as chocolate to protect your child’s oral health. Chocolate is a less sticky option that tends to dissolve quickly in the mouth making it less harmful to the teeth. Chocolate also does not have high acidity making it a far better option than other sweets.
- Limit the amount time your children snack on these sweet treats. Your child’s oral health depends less on what they eat and more on how often they eat it. Teaching them to eat sweets in moderation is a great habit to develop.
- Drink plenty of water. To ensure that your children are drinking plenty of water after eating candy to rinse away the sugars and particles left on their teeth after indulging in some candy.
- Keep up the bedtime routine. Make sure your children never go to bed without brushing and flossing first. While this oral hygiene habit is always very important when it comes to candy it is especially crucial.
Contact Your Holly Springs Pediatric Dentist in Holly Springs Today
Keep your child’s mouth healthy this holiday season and all year round by making sure they see the dentist for their bi-annual checkups. Sninski & Schmitt Family Dentistry in Holly Springs can provide the care your child needs to maintain optimal oral hygiene. Contact us today to start good dental health habits for your children!