Halloween, with its amusing costumes, trick-or-treating, and yummy treats, is a fun holiday for kids of all ages. Even when you are enjoying candy and other holiday sweets, you should think about protecting your Halloween teeth to prevent cavities from forming. Taking care of your smile is simple; just follow these tips to keep your teeth healthy.
Limit Your Intake
As with most things, candy should be enjoyed in moderation. It can be tempting to rip into that whole bag of treats, but try to stop at one or two pieces. If you eat them at the end of your meal, your increased production of saliva may prevent candy from sticking to the enamel.
Not all candy is created the same. Chocolate is a smart choice because it is easier to rinse off your teeth and it melts quickly. Sticky and gooey candy, including taffy, gummies, and caramel, are much harder to remove. If they sit on your teeth for a long time, they can create an environment that encourages the growth of bacteria. Even hard candy can cause problems, as can any other candy that must stay in your mouth and slowly dissolve.
If you want to protect little Halloween teeth, you can opt for healthier treats. Instead of handing out sugary snacks, you can look for cheese crackers, pretzels, or other dry crunchy nibbles in small packages. Your treats do not have to be food at all; you can hand out Halloween-themed pencils, erasers, toys, or temporary tattoos.
A great idea to balance some of that sugar is by drinking plenty of water. Water can reduce the build-up of sticky treats on the surface of your teeth and hydrate your body to reduce some of the effects of too much sugar on your system.
Keep your kids happy and safe when trick-or-treating, even after they are back home looking over their loot. By maintaining healthy habits, you can protect their Halloween teeth for bright smiles every holiday.
The practice’s primary dentist, Dr. Catherine Dulay Lichtenstein, began practicing dentistry in 2009. While getting her dental degree she was awarded the Dr. William Starek Award for outstanding achievement in endodontics and the Dr. Donald McElroy Endodontic award for extra work in endodontics and professional behavior. With her knowledge and experience, Dr. Catherine Dulay Lichtenstein, and the entire dental staff are dedicated to providing high-quality dental care to patients of all ages. The dental office is equipped with the most up-to-date dental equipment and staffed with experienced dental professionals in order to help your children learn the importance of proper dental hygiene. Call us today for a free consultation (215) 874-0888.