As we enter the month of October, we know there are a bag full of goodies on their way. Dunwoody Family and Cosmetic Dentistry wants your children (and who are we kidding, parents too) to enjoy the treats they might get this Halloween without compromising their oral health.
When we think about sweet treats, we’re naturally concerned with the sugar factor alone. But in moderation, candy is fine every now and then. But there are also some other factors to remember when it comes to holiday treats.
What Can They Have?
Believe it or not, there are some candies and chocolates that can be better for your children’s teeth. These types of candy are usually things like meltable chocolates such as M&M’s or plain chocolate bars, or candies that can easily dissolve without much chewing.
What To Avoid
It is best to avoid candies that are sticky and chewy like caramels, toffee, or chewing gums. These types of treats can create a suction and can pull out any sealants your child may have on the chewing surfaces of their teeth. They can also dislodge any fixed appliances like space maintainers or orthodontic brackets.
Remember To Brush
Remember to brush and floss after enjoying all the treats. Rinsing with water helps too! This is the best way to get any leftover acids or food particles before enamel erosion starts. Eating candy right after a meal instead of the middle of the day is also helpful.
We want your family to enjoy Halloween treats without causing damage to anyone’s teeth. To get ahead of dental issues before they start, reserve a six-month cleaning and checkup for you and your family at Dunwoody Family & Cosmetic Dentistry before the holidays get here.