Halloween is just around the corner! None of us really know how Halloween will look this year with COVID-19. But we do know one thing, the kids will consume candy! We all want to enjoy some sweets but we also don’t want cavities!
The only thing that should be scaring you this year are ghosts and ghouls, your kids oral health should not be scary!
Here are some tips to keep your kids’ oral health in good shape during and after Halloween this year!
- Stray Away From the Taffy
Cavities have a proven cause-and-effect relationship with extended exposure to sugary or sour substances. Oral bacteria thrives in this environment and converts these substances to acid that can, in turn, lead to cavities. Taffy candies have a habit of getting stuck in those hard to reach places, so try to keep these away from your kids!
- Portion Control
If you’re child’s oral health isn’t top of mind, we know the sugar high (or even worse the crash) will be! Kids are only kids once, they deserve to enjoy the candy, but it’s all about portion control!
- Drink Lots of Water
Drinking fluoridated water can help prevent tooth decay. If you choose bottled water, look for kinds that are fluoridated. Water helps wash away all that sugar.
- Eat Candy After Dinner
Eat Halloween candy and sweets with meals or shortly after mealtime (hello dessert!). Saliva production increases during meals. This helps cancel out acids produced by bacteria in your mouth and rinse away food particles.
We hope you and your family have a safe, fun and healthy Halloween this year. Make sure to follow the tips listed above for protecting your child’s teeth from Halloween candy! As always, if you have any questions, make sure to set up an appointment with us today.