It’s time for Halloween again and my kids are so excited about dressing up, school parties and of course . . . trick-or-treating! They all have their favorite candies that they’re hoping to receive but let’s be honest, they love them all! It’s a child’s paradise but definitely a dentist’s nightmare.
In my family, my children know that they are not allowed to eat any candy while we’re still out trick-or-treating. Once we’re home, we go through every piece to make sure it’s safe to consume and then they’re able to select a few of their favorite pieces to enjoy. Then they choose the ones that they want to keep and everything else gets taken to my workplace for others to enjoy. The reason for this is that they usually receive a total of at least 4 gallon-sized ziploc bags full of candy . . . too much for them to eat themselves.
This year, Great Expressions Dental Centers wants you to be the neighborhood superhero by knowing these other simple facts and following a few easy tips to make your Halloween a safe and healthy one.
FACT: Sticky candies, such as caramel and taffy, increase the chances of broken brackets the day after Halloween.
TIP: To prevent this from happening to your child, or a neighbor, pass out individually-wrapped stringed cheese instead! Cheese is tasty and its calcium and phosphates help neutralize plaque acid, and ultimately reduces cavities. It will also play nice with brackets.
FACT: 73% of kids ages 2 -5 will eat candy on Halloween. The highest consumption rate, however, is among 6 – 8 year olds, 87% of which eat candy on Halloween.
TIP: Avoid letting your trick-or-treaters fill up on sweets. Before sending your little vampire out to trick-or-treat, let them snack on fruits and vegetables. Jack-o Lantern oranges and carrot fingers are fun and festive snacks for your appetizer table.
FACT: Sweets that are chewy and sticky can get stuck between teeth, leading to tooth decay.
TIP: Be sure to run from gummy candy, sour candies, and taffy. Instead pass out sugar-free lollipops and hard candies, sugar-free gum, and dark chocolate.
So don’t let one night ruin your child’s teeth. Take precautions to protect those pearly whites. Happy Halloween!
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