Halloween is a wonderful tradition that brings communities together for fun and activities. One of the most beloved rituals is trick-or-treating, where children go from house to house in their neighborhoods, receiving candy and treats from neighbors. However, these treats can pose a danger for healthy teeth, leaving your children vulnerable to cavities, broken teeth and the need for dental repair. You can encourage your children to make better choices about the treats they eat, as well as providing these options for those who come trick-or-treating to your house.
Candy and Your Child’s Teeth
The food your child eats has a direct effect on their dental health. Nutritious foods provide the proteins, vitamins, and minerals for strong tooth and bone development. Sugary foods offer no nutritive value and leave a thin coating on the teeth that fosters the growth of bacteria that can lead to cavities. By promoting good dental hygiene, as well as limiting sugary treats, you can help your child maintain healthy teeth and an attractive appearance that will serve them well throughout their lives. This guide can help you make the right choices during the Halloween season.
Choosing Better Options for Halloween Treats
Chocolate is a good choice for treats. It’s popular with most kids and washes off teeth easily. Dark chocolate has less sugar content than light chocolate, and even offers some antioxidant benefits. You might also consider offering small bags of potato chips, popcorn or dried fruit, instead of sugary candy. There are several sugar-free candies available on the market that can be substituted if you have particular concerns about dental health.
Treats to Avoid
Very hard candies such as Jawbreakers should be avoided because they can cause teeth to crack when biting them. You should also avoid sticky candies like caramels, nougat chews and other types of candy that will stay on the teeth for a long amount of time. Gummy candies like jellybeans and gumdrops also leave a sticky coating on teeth. These choices encourage the growth of bacteria that cause cavities. Sour candies are another problem treat. It can have an acidic effect that can damage tooth enamel. Gum also leaves a coating of sugar on the teeth, so choose sugar-free varieties to avoid this problem.
Contact Dental Care of Frisco for a Checkup After Halloween
Getting a dental checkup after Halloween is a good idea because the dentist can ensure that no teeth have been damaged from chewing hard Halloween candy. A cleaning can also be done to remove plaque and tartar that encourages bacterial growth. Call us at Dental Care of Frisco at 214-436-5122 for an appointment to ensure a safe and tooth-happy Halloween season for your child.