With Halloween approaching, you may want to form a plan to protect your ghouls’ and ghosts’ teeth from cavities. The spoils in their Halloween bucket contain sugars that could harm their teeth. We’re not saying that you should not let your child eat Halloween candy, but know that not all candies are created equal. After trick-or-treating, sort through your children’s sweets and remove those that are especially tooth harming.
Though, as a rule, candy contains sugar that could potentially harm the teeth, some candy is designed to stay in the mouth for longer. This gives it more time to stick to the teeth and cause damage. Hard candies, for instance, dissolve in the mouth slowly, allowing the bacteria in the mouth more access to the sugar and more time to cause cavities. Hard candy can also be harmful to the teeth if your little one bites them. This habit could cause chipped, cracked, or broken teeth.
Chewy candies are also especially prone to harm your child’s teeth. Candy like caramel and gummy worms may taste delicious, but they stick to the teeth. This provides bacteria with plenty to time to consume sugar and cause tooth decay.
Let your little monsters eat candy that dissolves from the mouth quickly. If you would like to learn more about Halloween candy and your child’s smile, we invite you to contact Stephen Woodard at 509-924-8585 today. Our dentist in Spokane Valley, Washington, Dr. Stephen Woodard, will happily help you plan to protect your child’s teeth during the holiday.