If you’ve ever seen Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory as a child, then we bet that you wished for your own chocolate waterfall, everlasting Gobstoppers, and some of Wonka’s Magic Chewing Gum. Eating all these sweets is a fantasy, but the one thing that’s not pure imagination? The damage these crave-able candies can have on your teeth.
Parents, it’s that time of year when you help your kids pick out the perfect costume for Trick-or-Treating, the time of year when you wonder is it the best choice to allow your child to have candy for dinner. But before you go booking their dentalcheckupson November 1st, we’re here to tell you that not all Halloween treats are troublesome for their teeth. Keep these treat tips in mind before the trick-or-treating begins:
- Look for candies that fight cavities:Believe it or not, there are such things as satisfying sweets that can support your oral health! New candies on the market, such as BasicBites and Zollipops, contain activated ingredients that help keep your teeth and tooth enamel strong. Zollipops are available at most major drugstores, while BasicBites can be ordered off Amazon. Hand these out to your trick-or-treaters (and sneak a few for yourself!) knowing they are dentist approved!
- Let the little ones eat most of their treats Halloween night: If you’re a parent scratching your head at this tip—hear us out! When you eat too much sugar over a long period of time, your enamel begins to break down, which causes the dreaded cavities.But when you eat a large amount of candy in one sitting, you can brush and rinse away the sugars that will cause these cavities overnight! Make sure the kids don’t go too crazy on the candy intake however– their teeth may be okay, but their bellies may be full of aches and regret!
- Sticky and sugary isn’t always sweet:The above tip is the same reason why the must-avoid treats for teeth include hard and sticky candies, and sugary drinks. Since your kids are likely to continue to lick the hard candies, sip soda slowly, and have taffy get stuck in between their teeth, there’s a greater chance for an acid build up on their teeth. And when the build up continues, that’s when we step in to tackle cavities and other dental issues! Try to avoid handing out these candies to trick-and-treaters and keep an eye out for your child’s intake of these sweets.
With all teeth tips aside, Halloween is the best time of year to let kids be kids. The sugar rush and cavities will fade, but the Halloween memories will last forever. We hope you and your families have a safe and happy Halloween, and if any teeth issues arrive after all the candy is eaten, you know where to find us!