Halloween is around the corner, which for many children means bags of free a lollies. No surprise, Halloween can create some dental health issue. Here's how you can help your family stay Mouth Healthy on Halloween (and year-round) and still enjoy the occasional treat like Halloween candy.
Time It Right
Eat Halloween candy (and other sugary foods) with meals or shortly after mealtime. Saliva production increases during meals. This helps cancel out acids produced by bacteria in your mouth and rinse away food particles.
Stay Away from Sweet Snacks
Snacking or grazing on sugary food and drinks throughout the day can increase your risk of cavities, and it’s double the trouble if you keep grabbing sugary treats from the candy bowl. so have a designated time for treats, such as just after a meal and follow with brushing.
Choose Candy Carefully
Avoid hard candy and other sweets that stay in your mouth for a long time. Aside from how often you snack, the length of time sugary food is in your mouth plays a role in tooth decay. Unless it is a sugar-free product, candies that stay in the mouth for a long period of time subject teeth to an increased risk for tooth decay.
Avoid Sticky Situations
Sticky candies cling to your teeth. The stickier candies, like toffee, red skins and gummy bears, take longer to get washed away by saliva, increasing the risk for tooth decay.
Have a Plan
It’s tempting to keep that candy around, but your teeth will thank you if you limit your stash. Have your family pick their favorites and it's ok to say no thank you to certain lollies that you know are too sticky or hard.
Drink More Water
Drinking fluoridated water can help prevent tooth decay and water can help wash away sugars in the mouth. Make a conscious effort reduce or even better eliminate juices and sugary drinks from your families diet. A dry mouth is more prone to acid attack to teeth.
Lollies for dinner?
Avoiding "filling up" on treats during halloween. Have the discussion about how many treats and how when they will be eaten before you go trick or treating and maintain your healthy diet during the day. Lollies as sometimes food in small amounts rather than an everyday food is the best way to go.
Sugar Free Treats
Include some fun sugar free treats at home or at your halloween party. There is a wealth of ideas online you so do some fun searches.
Making these treats with your kids is another fun activity to do on Halloween and also can cut down the time spent collecting sweets from the neighbourhood.
Keep up the good work!
Keep brushing twice a day for two minutes and floss once a day. See our articles on brushing and flossing tips. Keep up the praise too, let your children know when they have done a good job of cleaning their teeth.
Visit Butler Dental
Regular visits to your dentist can help prevent problems from occurring and catch those that do occur early, when they are easy to "treat" to minimise long term damage to teeth.