Tooth decay runs rampant in Americans. Studies have shown that three out of every seven children in America develop cavities in their primary teeth between the ages of 2 and 11 years old. Certain behavioral choices, such as eating too much sugar, increase your risk of tooth decay. Parents regularly ask their dentist whether or not it is safe for their children to have candy from trick-or-treating. Your Albertsville family dentists at Wall Street Dentistry are here to assure you that enjoying Halloween candy is fine as long as parents set a few boundaries.
Say no to sour and sticky treats
Certain Halloween candies can pose a greater threat to oral health than others. For example, sour and sticky candies do more damage. Any sticky candy such as caramel or gummies will stick to the surfaces of your teeth. These sticky sugars cannot be removed through the flow of saliva in your mouth. Many sour candies not only are sugary but also are highly acidic; these acids do direct damage to the enamel of your teeth, and many sour candies take a long time to dissolve in the mouth, increasing their exposure to sugar and acid. Try to limit your child’s consumption of these hard and sticky treats; if these are some of their favorites, encourage your children to rinse their mouth with water after snacking or brush their teeth.
Save the candy for dessert
Growing up, did your parents try to get you to limit snacks before dinner? Snacking on candy before dinner does more than ruin your appetite, it also can compromise your oral health. When your children want to indulge in their loot from trick-or-treating, limit those treats until after dinner. Eating a full meal encourages the production of saliva in the mouth; much of this saliva still will be present and can help break down sugars from the candy before they have a chance to accumulate on or between teeth.
Rinsing your mouth with water after eating a sweet treat will rinse your mouth and teeth of any lingering sugars. Water also is the best source of hydration available, and a better beverage choice than juice or soda—both of which will add even more sugar to the system.
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With all the candy that is involved with the Halloween holiday, the last day of October can represent a huge potential threat to oral health—but as parents, completely denying participation in trick-or-treating just seems harsh. Denying your children at Halloween also can backfire; it can make the holiday, and candy in general, seem like something forbidden that therefore may become more desirable. Your children may become more likely to hoard candy or gorge on it when you are not around, which can have major negative consequences for their dental health.
Instead, teach your children balance. Limit how much candy they can consume in a single sitting. When checking their Halloween candy, let your kids pick out their favorites from their trick-or-treating haul, then store the rest of the candy where they will not be able to access it themselves; this allows you to control the supply and prevent binging.
Part of moderation means making sure you take care of yourself. That means encouraging a good regimen of oral hygiene: brushing and flossing daily while bringing every member of your family to their Guntersville dentist every six months as scheduled for a check-up. This check-up should include a professional dental cleaning and a comprehensive oral examination. You can trust Wall Street Dentistry to provide the highest level of care for every member of your family. Contact our office by calling (256) 878-0525 today to schedule a consultation and learn more about our services.
Wall Street Dentistry is here to serve patients in the areas of Albertville, Boaz, and Guntersville in Alabama.