Halloween is almost here and there is candy everywhere. This holiday has many spooky and frightening things about it but your child getting cavities shouldn’t be one of them.
Chances are if your kids are going out trick-or-treating this Halloween they are going to come home with a lot of crunchy snacks and sugary candies that they love but are not necessarily healthy for their teeth. The health of their child’s teeth is any parent’s main concern, but your children can still enjoy the fun of wearing a costume, getting together with their friends, and participating in going door-to-door, or trunk-or-treat, or whatever your neighborhood does to celebrate the holiday without endangering their oral health if you take a few basic steps to minimize the risk of cavities developing from the candy they lugged home.
Full-sized candy bars are a rare and exciting Halloween giveaway, but they do exist. If you can manage it, try portioning large candy bars out to your child so they don’t eat the entire thing at once. With a bit of luck, you may be able to get them to focus on the fun-sized candies instead. These smaller candy bars are just as yummy as their full-sized counterparts but with a portion of the calories and sugar.
In addition to having lots of benefits to their overall health, water is good for their teeth and oral health too! Drinking a lot of water will wash away the excess sugar that would normally be left stuck to their teeth, creating ideal conditions for the formation of cavities. Water will also even out the pH levels inside their mouths that are unbalanced from the extra sugar intake.
Although it might be a bit of an uphill battle, try to keep your kids from wolfing down as much candy as they manage in a single sitting. It is much better for their teeth and their tummies if they can limit themselves to a few pieces here and there.
Lollipops and hard candies last longer than other types of candy by design. Unfortunately, that means those sugars are inside your child’s mouth for a long time before they even have a chance to brush their teeth, coating their teeth in sugar that bacteria will quickly turn into harmful acid.
At McBride Dental, we want to help you and your family do everything possible to have and preserve healthy teeth and gums. By scheduling regular appointments with your California family dentist and practicing the oral care techniques we teach you, your whole family will easily maintain teeth that are healthy, strong, and effective.
The San Marcos offices of Dr. Michael McBride are staffed with reputable, professional San Diego dentists that are ready to address any concerns you may have regarding common dental procedures, as well as preventative, cosmetic, or restorative dentistry. We also provide sedation dentistry treatments as an option for our patients with severe dental anxiety.
It is our job to help you and your family establish healthy dental habits to make sure that your teeth will always be there when you need them and your smile will always look great.
If you would like to schedule an appointment with a San Marcos dentist, please give us a call at (760) 471-1003 and speak with a trained member of our dental staff today.