With Halloween approaching, you may want to form a plan to protect your ghouls’ and ghosts’ teeth from cavities. The candies in their Halloween bucket contain sugars that could harm their teeth. We’re not saying that you should not let your child eat Halloween candy, but know that not all candies are created equal. When your children come back from trick-or-treating, sort through the spoils and remove those that are especially tooth harming.
Though, as a rule, candy contains sugar that could potentially harm the teeth, some candy is designed to stay in the mouth for longer. This gives it more time to stick to the teeth and cause damage. Hard candies, for instance, dissolve in the mouth slowly over time, allowing the bacteria in the mouth more access to the sugar. Hard candy can also be harmful to the teeth if your little one can’t resist biting them. This habit could cause chipped or even broken teeth.
Chewy candies are also especially prone to harm your child’s teeth. Candy like caramel and gummy worms may taste delicious, but they will stay in your child’s mouth for a long time. These candies stick to the teeth, which provides bacteria with plenty to time to consume sugar.
Instead of hard and chewy candies, let your little monsters eat candy that dissolves from the mouth quickly. If you would like to learn more about Halloween candy and your child’s smile, we invite you to contact Donald H Bohne DDS PA at 770-939-6600 today. Our dentist in Tucker, Georgia, Dr. Donald Bohne, will happily help you plan for the holiday.