Halloween is a great time to have some fun, especially if you have a sweet tooth. Both children and adults can indulge in a variety of candy, but what isn’t so fun is visiting your dentist and finding you’ve developed new cavities! Fortunately, there are a few methods you can use to prevent kids from developing Halloween cavities.
Don’t Let Kids Control Candy Stashes
One of the best ways to monitor how much candy your child intakes is to make sure they don’t squirrel away the candy in their room. You can take their stash from them and keep it contained in a safe, visible part of your kitchen. This way, you can make sure the child isn’t eating too much candy at once. Besides producing an upset stomach, eating too much sugar at once can lead to cavities.
Avoid Hard and Sticky Candies
Hardy candy and gummy or sticky candies are more likely to stick to teeth, which increases the risk of those Halloween cavities. The “best” candy to enjoy on Halloween is dark chocolate, which doesn’t tend to get stuck to teeth and can be washed away easily.
Don’t Eat Candy Throughout the Day
If you or your kids snack on Halloween candy throughout the day, you are helping bacteria develop in your mouth for even longer. Frequently eating sugar doesn’t allow your saliva to rinse away the sugar. Instead, bacteria grows and increases your risk of cavities.
The best time of day to eat Halloween candy will be after a healthy meal. Kids will be mostly full, and their saliva production will already be stimulated to help rinse away sugars.
Brush or Rinse After Eating Candy
Brushing your teeth after eating candy helps lower the risk of new Halloween cavities. You can also rinse with mouthwash or water. Drinking a large glass of water while eating candy helps rinse the sugar out and lower tooth decay risk. If you or your child feels chewy or hard candy stuck between teeth, be sure to floss as well.
Use Sugar-Free Chewing Gum
After your child indulges in some Halloween candy, you may give them some sugar-free gum to stimulate saliva production. This can be useful if your child has eaten candy during the middle of the day and isn’t quite ready to brush their teeth for the night.
Of course, don’t forget about regular oral exams and teeth cleanings! You can be sure to avoid Halloween cavities by maintaining good oral health throughout the year.
Keep Your Smile Healthy with Affinity
While these tips can help with some tooth and gum sensitivity issues, we know the best way of correcting the problem is to visit your dentist regularly. Affinity Dental, located in Catonsville, MD, has six dentists and provides a variety of services from pediatric dentistry to orthodontics. Affinity Dental is capable of meeting all your needs. With 170 combined years of treating a variety of dental needs, Affinity is committed to providing quality dental care. To get your teeth back into good health and make your smile bright, call us at 410-719-7900 or contact us online. For other useful tips on dental care follow us on Facebook and Twitter.