Scared of Halloween Cavities?

Scared of cavities on Halloween? You don’t need to be afraid that your kids, or you, will get cavities from munching all that Trick or Treat booty!  Don’t toss all the candy and replace it with kale.

Here are some suggestions for enjoying treats without causing too much damage to those little teeth:

  • Sort the candy. Try to get rid of the really sticky stuff. Sticky candies are especially terrible for teeth because they adhere to the tooth surface, especially between teeth, and hold that sugar against the tooth surface for a long period of time.
  • Chocolate, especially dark chocolate, is actually good for your teeth. Chocolate candy bars filled with gooey, sticky filling (see above) are not.
  • Restrict access. Don’t allow your children to have free access to the candy. Constantly bathing the teeth in sugar by snacking on candies all day long is likely to cause tooth decay.
  • Make the candy part of a meal. no, candy corn is not a vegetable.  But  Halloween treats are a great dessert option after your child eats a meal. They will want less candy because they are already full and eating something sugary with a meal means saliva is already flowing freely. Saliva washes away the sugar and helps remineralize the teeth, protecting them from cavities.
  • AVOID THE SUGAR/ACID COMBO. Sour candies like War Heads contain sugar and acid. This combination is terrible for teeth and should be avoided. These are the candies to toss when your kids aren’t looking!

Brushing and flossing and regular visits for dental cleanings are part of preventing cavities in your kids. Please contact Clyde, NC cosmetic dentist Dr. John Highsmith today at 828-627-9282 to schedule your next visit.

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