Trick or Treat Candy and Kid’s Dental Health

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It’s that time of year again...the leaves are falling from the trees, the weather is getting cooler and Halloween is right around the corner. 

You know what that means, right?

Tons of Halloween trick-or-treat candy for your kids (and maybe you’ll “sneak” some of their candy for yourself, too!). 

Sure, eating some candy here and there may be okay, but feasting on the sugar-laden treats day after day isn’t a good thing, especially when it comes to your kid’s dental health.

Sugary candy and cavities

No one wants cavities. Surely you don’t want your 5-year-old daughter suffering from major toothache pain just because you didn’t limit the amount of Starbursts she ate. 

Candy, especially hard candies and sticky candies, ranks as one of the top foods that damage teeth (source: https://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/nutrition/food-tips/9-foods-that-damage-your-teeth). The sugar from candy gets stuck on the tooth’s surface, crevices and sometimes in between the teeth, too. 

The bacteria and debris left on your teeth after eating can turn into plaque. It’s the plaque that leads to tooth decay, not necessarily the sugar. Plaque builds up on the teeth if you do not brush and floss regularly. 

Brushing and flossing is essential for warding off tooth decay and cavitis.

How to take care of teeth after eating candy

If your son is going to eat candy and/or sugary beverages, please do yourself and himself (and your checking account) a favor...make sure he brushes his teeth shortly after consuming the sugar. 

If you’re out in public and cannot brush his teeth within the hour, be sure he drinks water (not fruit juice or soda) to remove some of the sugar from the teeth. He can swish and rinse his mouth with water, too, until he gets home to brush and floss.

 This will help remove sugar and bacteria until a good brushing with toothpaste.

Here are a few other ways to promote healthy habits and good oral health…

Limit sugar and candy

To help avoid cavities as best as possible, try limiting the amount of sugar your child eats. With the increase of childhood diabetes and obesity rates nowadays, it’s often the best choice to limit sugar intake. 

Maybe offer candy only once a day after lunch or maybe limit how many pieces of candy per day. Figure out what works for you and what you feel comfortable implementing with your kids.

And be sure to set a good example for your kids. Don’t tell your kids they can only have 3 pieces of candy per day if they see you chomping on 3 chocolate bars plus 10 starbursts throughout the day.

Set a good example of eating, drinking and healthy oral care habits. 

Look for a candy buyback program in your area

Find a Halloween candy buyback program in your area by visiting this website: http://www.halloweencandybuyback.com

They’ll accept your kid’s candy and send it to military troops! The kids will receive something in exchange for their candy, depending on how your local business structured their buyback program. Your child may receive cash, coupons, food, toothbrushes, etc.

Advanced Cosmetic & Family Dentistry participates in the Halloween candy buyback program! We are located in Alpharetta, GA. Call us at 678-245-6816 for more details.

Do a candy swap with your kids

Instead of your daughter eating endless amounts of trick-or-treat candy, swap some of their candy for an educational, fun toy. Have your child choose a small toy in exchange for a few handfuls of their candy.

Call your kid’s dentist when necessary

If your child is having a toothache, call the dentist. If your child hasn’t been to the dentist office in 2 years, call to schedule an appointment. 

It is oftentimes better to catch a minor dental problem before it turns into something major.

Finally, if you think your child isn’t doing an effective job at brushing or flossing, our dentist and/or hygienists can help. When your child comes in for an appointment, we will show him/her how to properly brush and floss. 

So if you are in the Alpharetta, GA area and need a dentist for your family, call Dr. Brett Silverman at Advanced Cosmetic & Family Dentistry (link: https://www.acfdga.com).

Our contact details can be found on the following page: https://www.acfdga.com/contact-us.

We look forward to meeting you!