The Halloween holiday is rife with spooky fun for kids to enjoy: pumpkin carvings, haunted houses, bobbing for apples, scary costumes, and most important of all, lots of candy. However, as a parent you may feel some concern about what these goodies are doing to your children’s dental health. Here is some information about the harmful effects candy has on teeth and how you can prevent problems from developing.
The mouth is full of oral bacteria, and when it collects in a clear film on teeth, then it is called plaque. Every day plaque takes the sugars you eat in foods and processes them, developing acids. These acids cause tooth decay by eating away at the teeth, creating holes called cavities. If left untreated, cavities can cause pain, infection, and may even result in tooth loss.
Tricks For Your Treats
You want your children to have great dental health, but you also want them to enjoy the fun and sweetness of the Halloween holiday. You can give them both of these options when you follow these Halloween dental tips:
- Don’t have your children eat their candy in excess, only have them eat a few pieces a day.
- Have your kids drink plenty of water, this cleans away the candy and sugar from their mouth.
- Have your children enjoy their treats with meals because the saliva flow is increased at this time and can clean their mouth and neutralize acids.
- Make sure your kids continue to brush their teeth twice a day and floss them at least once a day.