Halloween costumes, candy, and treats are part of the magic of the season. Halloween is one of the most candy-filled holidays of the year, but that doesn’t mean it has to have spooky results for your child’s oral health. Learn ways to make Halloween spook-tacular without treats wreaking havoc on their teeth.
By the numbers, Halloween is one of the biggest candy holidays of the year. Consider these mind-blowing stats:
Anytime food–not just candy–comes in contact with your teeth, the sugars from the food mix with bacteria in your mouth as you chew food into smaller pieces for digestion. That mixture of sugar and bacteria creates a sticky substance called plaque. Plaque is a transparent film that sticks to your teeth. It is not easily washed away by swallowing or drinking liquids.
The longer that plaque sits on your teeth, the more it damages your teeth because of its acidic nature. Acids are caustic enough that they can actually break up the minerals in your teeth if given enough time. Plaque erodes the teeth enamel, weakening it until it starts to demineralize and decay. This leads to cavities.
Cavities don’t result just because you eat a sweet treat. In fact, you could get cavities from regular food instead of just Halloween candy or sweet treats if they have sugar. The more sugar you eat, the more your teeth can decay.
Here are some tips to avoid cavities even if you eat some sugar:
When it comes to Halloween candy and the entire fall and winter season full of holidays, make sure you limit sugar consumption and treats. It’s hard to reverse decay or to prevent it if there is an endless amount of sugar being consumed. If you want your child to enjoy their candy while still being healthy, you can do things such as:
Having a plan that works for your household this Halloween can help you responsibly celebrate the season! You can definitely still eat candy and so can your kids. Just make sure you’re all taking care of the teeth during candy-heavy holidays.
Call Li’l Sunshine Smiles Dentistry today at 813-576-0200 to ask a question or to schedule an appointment. (And have a fun, safe Halloween this year!)