Halloween is an exciting time of year, especially for children!
Each year kids dress up in their best costume and roam the neighbourhood yelling
‘Trick or Treat!’ collecting delicious candy. There’s nothing wrong with indulging in a few pieces of candy here and there, but it’s important to take extra care of your teeth at this time of year – when sugary treats are at an all-time high!
Here are a few things you can do to prevent cavities and still enjoy the festivities of Halloween:
Go through your child’s candy and separate the soft candy from the chewy, sticky, hard candy. Educate your child on which candies are safe to eat and will do the least amount of harm to their teeth.
We recommend soft candy over chewy, sticky, hard candy because it is much gentler to eat and will easily come off of the teeth without too much effort. Hard candy can cause accidental tooth chips or breaks.
Rinse your mouth
Give your mouth a rinse after eating candy. This will help remove any pieces of candy stuck in between your teeth and gums.
Brush your teeth
Brush your teeth as often as possible. Reduce the risk of sugar residue left over by brushing your teeth. This is the most essential way to minimize the risk of candy-caused cavities!
Stick with a balanced diet
Remember to balance out the candy with a nutritious diet. It’s easy to binge on candy for extended periods of time, enjoying the sweetness of each piece. However, try to incorporate healthy meals and foods that promote a balanced diet.
Enjoy candy during or soon after mealtime
Eat your candy with a meal or soon after mealtime. Your mouth produces extra saliva during meals so it will help break down sugars and acids, and reduce the number of food particles left behind in your mouth.
Book a check-up
Concerned that you may need a check-up or special cleaning after Halloween? No problem, Give our clinic a call to set-up an appointment!
At your appointment, our dentists or hygienists will take a look the current state of your teeth and let you know if you’re doing a good job (or if there’s any room for improvement).