Trick or Treat? What’s Best For Your Child’s Dental Health?

Trick or Treat? What’s Best For Your Child’s Dental Health?

It’s October, and with Halloween right around the corner, you might be wondering just what candy is best for your child’s dental health. The good news is your local dentists at Smile Workshop have a list of dos and don’ts to help make your kids trick or treating fun and safe for their mouth.

Stay Away From Treats That Stick Around

Most parents know that brushing twice and flossing once a day is the basis for any dental health routine. What they may not know are which candies are better for teeth. The longer sugar stays in the mouth, the more damage it can do. Clingy candy like sour worms or super sticky redfish gummies that stick to teeth are candies that definitely hurt your child’s dental health. Avoid these types of candy as they can be resistant to the natural washing process of saliva. Candy covered apples or sticky popcorn balls, though they aren’t candy, also have a tendency to get stuck in teeth and are hard to brush away.

Many holiday festivities involve continuous snacking. This should be avoided, however. Limit eating to meals. This minimizes the exposure teeth have to sugar and acid that causes enamel to break down. Remember to drink lots of water in general, and especially after eating candy or other damaging foods.

Keep Candy An Occasional Treat

There are studies that suggest kids will eat on average around 90 pieces of candy when celebrating Halloween at school, in the neighborhood and with trick-or-treating. Parents should always check candy first for open or compromised pieces before letting your little goblins have their fun.

Keeping children’s teeth healthy involves making sure candy remains a “treat” rather than something children can have whenever they like. Make it a fun event by letting kids pick out their favorites to save as treats. Since candy should be eaten with a meal, a fun way to reinforce this is to put one treat in with a child’s lunch to remind them of the fun they had trick-or-treating. It’s also a good idea to pack a stick of sugar-free gum for after meal cleansing.

Have any more questions about dental friendly treats? Give your local dentists at Smile Workshop a call or schedule an appointment today!

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