Halloween is such an exciting time for children. They get to dress up in their favorite costumes and go trick-or-treating and getting a huge supply of goodies, all in one night. But remember, beware of the true ghouls of Halloween - cavities! Halloween candy and any sticky, sugary food and drinks can easily promote tooth decay. Halloween treats don't have to be sticky, hard or gooey candy to be fun. Instead fill them up with healthy alternatives such as pretzels, granola bars or sugar free gum. Or pass out non-food treats such as pencils, stickers or small toys.
Give your kids a well-balanced meal before they go Trick-or-Treating.
You should give your kids a well-balanced meal before they go Trick-or-Treating. This way they are not as likely to fill up on Halloween goodies. Total restriction of candy isn't healthy or realistic. Try to stick to small servings by only allowing your child one or two pieces per sitting as a dessert after a healthy meal. A few days after Halloween, either put the candy out of sight and then it will likely be forgotten and out of mind or allow your little ghosts and goblins to indulge in Halloween candy at mealtime instead of as a snack.
negative affects of sugar on the teeth
Talk to your children about sugar and how it can negatively affect their teeth and body. As a parents you can be a positive oral hygiene role model and ensure your children achieve optimum oral health for a lifetime.
consumption of too much sugar - not good
One of the most common causes of tooth decay in children are frequent consumption of sugar, unbalanced diet and inconsistent tooth brushing habits. The sticky candy and sugary drinks are harmful to teeth and are like bathing the teeth in sugar. The candy stays in the grooves on the biting surface of the teeth and is hard to brush off while the sugar seeps between the teeth causing decay. Sour candy can burn oral tissues and hard candies can break teeth. All of these sugary treats will undoubtedly increase your child's chance of getting tooth decay!
Keep this information handy for next year.
Most of all, practice good oral hygiene by making sure your child brushes and flosses every day, uses fluoride toothpaste and visits the dentist regularly.
Make your appointment at AMG Dental Group today and keep your child’s smile happy.
If you have a question or concerns, feel free to contact Dr. Guerra at
561-844-6146. We’re here to help!