Preventing cavities while enjoying Halloween

halloween_candy_kids

Halloween is only a few weeks away – which means bags of candy for most kids. While it’s okay for your little monster (and for yourself!) to indulge in this sugar-coated holiday, it doesn’t mean anyone, kid or adult, should forget about oral health!

Candy causes cavities because the bacteria in our mouths start to break down those candies, producing acid. That acid then dissolves the enamel of the tooth, which leads to cavities. Cavities are scarier than any monster on Halloween!

We gathered some tips to help you and your children enjoy the holiday, without risking cavities:

  • Eat Halloween candy with meals or shortly after mealtime. Since saliva increases during meals, it can actually help to cancel out acids produced by bacteria in your mouth.
  • Choose your candy carefully. Don’t eat hard or sticky candies, because they will stay in your mouth for a long time and can increase your risk for tooth decay.
  • Drink more fluoridated water while you enjoy your treats.
  • Brush and floss your teeth twice a day – especially after you eat candy!
  • Visit us every six months to ensure a healthy, cavity free mouth.

 

Tagged on: , ,