Halloween is right around the corner! Avoid the negative effects that Halloween candy can have on your oral health, remember these quick tips:
Have a Plan for Fighting Cavity-Causing Bacteria
It can be difficult to manage the amount of candy your children get their hands on this time of year. Although some kids manage to collect hundreds of pieces of candy, you can monitor the amount of treats they bring home and keep. While it may be tempting to keep all the Halloween candy around for the kids (and ourselves), your teeth will thank you if you limit the stash.
Here are three ways to keep your teeth healthy during Halloween:
- Avoid certain kinds of candy.
- Maintain your oral health routine.
- Utilize a handy local Halloween candy buyback program.
How, you may ask? We’ve laid it all out here:
The Worst Candy for Your Teeth:
Sticky and Gummy Candies: Dentists hate these candies. They’re known for being terrible for your teeth. Sticky candies are hard to remove once stuck on teeth, creating a sugary buffet for cavity-causing bacteria. Prevent your child from consuming sticky and gummy candies by removing this culprit from your kids’ candy haul. We’re looking at you, sour gummy worms.
Hard Candy: Hard candies affect your teeth in two ways. First, if we’re not careful, we can break our teeth when we bite down. Second, we often leave hard candy in our mouths for a longer period of time. This gives the sugar more time on our teeth.
The Best Candy for your Teeth:
Chocolate: When comparing chocolate to hard candy or gummies, chocolate is the best bet for your teeth. We’re not saying chocolate is good for your oral health, but it is better than the alternatives. Chocolate is one of the most popular candies handed out on Halloween. It’s easier to clean off our teeth than sticky candies because it melts away instead of sticking around.
Maintain Your Oral Health Routine:
With Halloween comes temptations that often disrupt our oral health routine. Staying out late and keeping candy around 24/7 create the perfect storm for cavities. But if you keep your oral health in check, you can keep cavities away. Limit the number of treats per day and reinforce the need for good oral hygiene.
- Continue to brush your teeth twice a day.
- Clean between your teeth with floss.
- Stay away from sugary beverages.
- Drink more water.
- Maintain a healthy diet.
Halloween Candy Buyback:
Halloween Candy Buyback is a nonprofit organization with the goal of removing excess Halloween candy from kids while supporting our troops with a sweet treat. Get rid of all that candy and make a difference while you’re doing it. Register to hold a buyback event or search for one near you on their website!
To learn more about what dentists give out at Halloween and get their best advice for keeping kids’ teeth healthy, visit www.trickytreats.org.