Halloween Survival Guide
posted: Oct. 30, 2019.
Halloween Survival Guide For Your Teeth
- Choose candy that is eaten quickly.
- Choose a candy that melts and is quick to eat, like chocolate and candy bars, over suckers and hard candies that stay in the mouth longer. The less time it takes to eat, the less time the sugar will sit in the mouth.
- Eat candy with meals.
- Eating candy with meals will encourage the mouth to produce more saliva, which will help wash away the sugar.
- Drink more water.
- Water helps wash the sugar off teeth. Choose fluoridated tap or bottled water to help fortify teeth and make them more resilient against the onslaught of Holloween sugar monsters.
- Avoid sticky candies.
- Sticky, chewy, and gummy candies stay on the teeth longer, giving the sugar more time to attack. Choose fast melting, easy to eat candy that can easily be washed away by the moth's saliva.
- Set limits.
- Halloween is one very un night. It doesn't have to last for weeks. Allow your child to celebrate, dress up and eat candy. Then give them 2-3 days to enjoy their candy and throw away or donate the rest.
- Brush and floss.
- Nothing could be more important than brushing and flossing, especially on Halloween night! Do not let your child go to bed with candy stuck on their teeth!
- See your pediatric dentist.
- Visit your dentist twice a year for regular check-ups and cleanings.