Halloween is Here – The Do's and Don'ts
Halloween is a very popular holiday, one where you can find candy everywhere, and I do mean everywhere, no matter if you are trick or treating, or if you are just going to someone’s place for a visit, you’ll likely find candy on the table, or near the door, or everywhere around you.
Dressing up and trick-or treating creates lasting memories for the whole family, but there’s nothing spookier than cavities in your teeth! Moderation is key when it comes to tempting Halloween delights for your little ones. Check out these simple tips on picking the best and worst Halloween treats for your little monster’s teeth:
There are a couple of things you should be vary, both for the sake of your own health, and that of your children:
Halloween candies to avoid:
Hard candies that slowly dissolve in your mouth like jawbreakers, Jolly Ranchers or suckers can be especially harmful because of the amount of time the sugars sit on the tooth’s surface. Another huge concern with hard candies, like jaw breakers, is that they can chip teeth.
Chewy candy like taffies, toffies, gummies and caramels can get stuck in the crevices of your teeth, and can continue promoting decay for hours or even days!
Halloween candies that are OK for teeth:
Sugar-free candies and gums are best for adult and developing teeth. In fact, some of them actually encourage saliva production, which is the #1 defendant against cavities.
Chocolate-based sweets, especially dark chocolate, rinse from teeth easily and in some cases have even been shown to provide beneficial antioxidants when ingested.
Powdery candy, while sugar-based, dissolves quickly and don’t stick to teeth.
Alternative Halloween treats:
Apples with yogurt are a good “sweet” snack that doesn’t coat the teeth in sugar. Apples are thought to be good for the teeth because the natural crunch disturbs plaque.
Carrots, cucumbers and celery with dressing. Veggies aren’t the top choice for kids on Halloween but try out fun ways to serve up healthy alternatives.
Make this Halloween a much more comfortable one, without the fear of having to visit your dentist for an emergency, or any other kind of unpleasant visit. Follow the simple rules and take care of yourself, and your children.