Bubbling cauldrons of candy and charming treats light up the paths of our little ghouls and goblins during Halloween. The Tebo Dental Team knows that keeping your child’s teeth healthy through the Halloween season can be challenging, and that is why we have put together some important dental tips for your family. Check out our tips below to keep a check on your child’s dental health.
Unveiling the Candy Menaces: What are the worst candies for your child’s teeth?
Some candies, especially those that are sticky and high in sugar, pose a greater hazard to your child’s teeth than others do. Below is a list of “scary” candies we recommend staying away from to avoid giving our dentists nightmares!
- Sour or Acidic Candies – candies that are too acidic can break down the enamel and cause lasting damage to your child’s teeth.
- Sticky, Gummy, or Chewy Candies – Sticky candies tend to adhere to teeth, leaving behind bits and pieces that can still be present after brushing. When this gooey residue is left in the mouth and on teeth over time it allows cavities to develop.
- Hard Candies – Hard candies like lollipops and jawbreakers are harmful for your teeth because of the amount of time it takes to eat them. Candies that can be finished quickly are better because the sugar does not have as much time to linger around the teeth.
Savoring the Magical Delights: Which candies are safer for your child’s teeth?
Some candies make for a Halloween treat that is far less risky to your child’s dental health. Tender, melt-in-the-mouth chocolates and other sugar-free candies are good alternatives to help preserve your child’s smile.
Timing the Sweet Indulgence: Serve treats as an after-dinner dessert!
Enjoying sweets during the Halloween season relies not only on wise selection but also on strategic consumption. Introducing your little ones to the magic of consuming sweets at specific times, like post-meals, is key. At this time, saliva, the natural dental guardian, is most active, ensuring that the sugary residues don’t last too long.
Crafting a Spell of Protection: Make tooth brushing fun and engaging!
Keep tooth brushing fun this Halloween season by wielding the toothbrush with the prowess of a wizard! Consistent and proper brushing techniques help to defend against the devious plans of cavity-causing bacteria. Halloween-themed toothbrushes can also be used in this daily ritual to keep toothbrushing exciting and engaging.
Enlisting the Guardians of Dental Realms: Schedule a Post-Halloween Dental Cleaning.
With all of these treats and tricks, rest assured that your dental guardians at Tebo Dental are your friends this Halloween season. Regular check-ups and post-Halloween cleanings weave a potent spell of protection around your child’s precious smile.
Reach out to our team at Tebo Dental to schedule an appointment and keep your child’s smile healthy year-round.