Tips for Protecting Your Child’s Teeth During Halloween
One of the toughest times of year to protect your child’s teeth as a parent is Halloween. Candy just seems to be everywhere. Educating your kids about how much candy is too much and what types of candy are the easiest on teeth is an important part of avoiding tooth decay and the potential for cavities. Here are tips on 4 different types of candy:
- Hard Candy – This type of candy has the biggest issue it causes right in the name. Since the candy itself is hard, the potential exists for chipping a tooth. Hard candies also take a long time to dissolve in the mouth. That means the teeth and gums are exposed to sugar for a longer amount of time, and this sugar can promote plaque.
- Gummy Candy – Gummy candy can be a lot of fun. They are usually quick to chew, and you don’t have to worry about chipped teeth at all. Unfortunately, they have the tendency to stick to teeth. That means sugars can also remain on the teeth for a long time. Be sure kids brush soon after having any gummy candy.
- Sour Candy – These are usually gummy candies, so they have the tendency to stick to the teeth. However, they also are higher in acid, so the risk of eroding tooth enamel is increased as the higher acid level combines with sugar.
- Chocolate Candy – Believe it or not, this is one of the best types of candy for your kids. Chocolate may have a lot of sugar in it, but it should wash off the teeth pretty easy with a glass of water and brush off even easier. The key thing to keep in mind is that the darker the chocolate, the less sugar, so dark chocolate treats are the best for your kids. Avoid white chocolate, since white chocolate is basically just sugar, milk, and cocoa butter (which is the only reason it can still be called chocolate).
Protect the Teeth of Your Children Throughout the Year
At BRSH+FLSS Pediatric Dentistry, we’re committed to helping your kids make good choices for their teeth. We also offer options for helping to protect a child’s tooth enamel such as dental sealants. These are just some of the ways we focus on prevention. If that sounds like the kind of dental care you want for your children, schedule an appointment with one of our board-certified pediatric dentists today by calling 619-741-1500.