Since Halloween is all about candy, then us moms are sure to raid our kids candy stashes. And I’m sure that after trick or treating all night your kids have a pretty good stash to raid! But, what happens to your what happens to your teeth when they are blasted with sugar in unnatural quantities? (and your waistline!)
“Trick-or-Treating is fun, but that much sugar can be scary for your teeth…” says Dr. Pankaj Singh, founder and CEO of Arch Dental Associates. Here are his five tooth friendly tips for enjoying your Halloween treats:
1. Choose candy that melts quickly and can be eaten easily.
2. Drink a glass of water after eating candy to wash away the sugar and neutralize the acid.
3. Avoid grazing on candy; it increases the time sugars are in contact with tooth enamel.
4. Have a treat with or after a meal, followed by a thorough tooth-brushing.
5. Time is of the essence when it comes to teeth and sugar. If not removed by brushing or swishing with water, sugar from any source can increase the likelihood of cavities.
Practicing good oral hygiene now and encouraging your children to do the same will make your teeth stronger and healthier!