Dressing up in the spookiest costume and indulging in some sweet treats is all part of the fun on Halloween. But consuming too many of these treats can lead to some unwanted tricks on the teeth if you are not careful.
Halloween is approaching fast! While Halloween may look a little different this year, we’re certain candy (and lots of it) will be involved in this year’s activities so we wanted to put together some tips you can follow to insure you and your children have a dental safe Halloween!
“The dental team at Carmel Valley Pediatric Dentistry says have fun and brush well!” – Dr. Peggy
Whether you have kids or not, Halloween is the season for sugar consumption. Candy seems to be available everywhere you look. Your workplace, your child’s school, your home, the bank. And when Halloween does finally arrive, the average kid will wind up consuming about 675 grams of sugar, on just that day! That’s like eating 170 sugar cubes which is why it is important to take steps to protect your teeth even on Halloween.
“Sour candy adds another level of harm to gummies because they are both sticky and acidic. Although it’s extra tasty, eating a lot of this candy can cause tooth enamel to break down or weaken, leading to cavities,” Dr. Grant said.
Here are some tricks for handling the treats, and protecting your teeth, and your dental health this Halloween season!
Needing some alternatives to your go-to Halloween snacks? Here is a list of snacks to avoid, better options, and the best options for you and your child’s teeth!
Snacks to Avoid
These are the chewy, sticky, candy that gets stuck in the grooves and crevices of your teeth making it hard for saliva to flow and flush out your mouth which can lead to tooth decay. Sour candy has a high acidity content which can break down the enamel and lead to tooth decay. If you choose to consume these treats on Halloween be sure to implement the tricks above like brushing your teeth and flossing so that you can have a healthy – cavity free Halloween!
Better snack choices for Halloween include milk chocolate, fruit, and snack-sized packages of pretzels and crackers. These options are less sticky and do not have high acidity and are therefore less harmful to your teeth than gummies, caramel, sour candy, and bubble gum! Even though these are better options, it is still important to limit the consumption of these snacks because proper teeth health is less on what it consumed and more on how often you consume it. Be sure to implement the tips above if you are planning to consume these treats as well.
Dark chocolates contain antioxidants that can hinder bacteria from sticking to the teeth, battling tooth decay and preventing infections in the gums. Sugar-free gum made with the ingredient xylitol promotes the growth of tooth-protective, non-acidic bacteria which can make it nearly impossible for bacteria and plaque to form on the teeth. While these are some of the best alternatives to your typical candy consumption on Halloween, we still recommend that you implement the tips above to help promote healthteeth, prevent gum disease and tooth decay.
Halloween is the season that brings out the inner kid in all of us and it’s the time of year when it’s going to be practically impossible for most of us to stay away from the candy and other sugar-filled treats. Rather than forgoing the sweets altogether, just try to incorporate some of these tips over the next few weeks to protect your teeth and promote healthy gums.
If you need a tooth fixed, or your teeth cleaned, or a fluoride treatment during, or after, Halloween be sure to schedule a visit online or call us at . Have a safe and happy Halloween from all of us at Insert Dental Practice name!