It’s That Time: Halloween candy and your kids teeth and of course kids (and lots of us adults) love Halloween. Not only do they get to pretend to be someone else for a night, they also get oodles and oodles of CANDY!!
Everyone has their favorite candy and a little in moderation isn’t going to hurt us, but it’s occasions like this that we need to especially watch how much our kids consume and to make sure that they are taking care of their mouths after it goes over the teeth and through the gums, look out belly here it comes.
Probably the worst candy that we can eat is anything that sticks to your teeth like caramel or taffy or even coconut and nuts can get stuck in all the little grooves. These types of candies are the ones that leave behind “leftovers” on your teeth. They end up staying on your teeth longer, thus letting bacteria feed on it which produces acid and acid can cause cavities.
Other sweets that can be problematic are hard candy that you need to suck on to eat. It doesn’t leave behind sticky residue (unless you are one of those that have to chew it) but it takes awhile for it to dissolve creating more acidity in your mouth. Acid can soften your enamel and start cavities a formin’.
Don’t even get me started on sour candy……bad, bad, bad.
So, actually, the best candy to have for Halloween or anytime if you are a candy fanatic like myself, is, believe or not…….C-H-O-C-O-L-A-T-E!!!! How cool is that? Just plain chocolate that doesn’t have any of the gooey factors to it or nuts. Not that it’s the best option to consume, but, we all need our chocolate fix once in a while and it doesn’t stick to your teeth.
After your kids enjoy their candy on this ghoulish holiday, make sure they brush those chompers to get all of that sugary residue off. Try to even get them to floss. And it’s a good idea to do the same for yourself. Remember, you are a role model to your kids, so starting them early on good oral hygiene will be a great thing for them Now and Later (he he).
Information compiled from parenting.com and staff at Szmanda Dental Center 2014