Halloween is a fun and exciting time of the year for kids; the spooky stories, ghoulish costumes, and frightening pumpkins splattered all around the city, and of course, the waterfall of candies! This frightful night, however, doesn’t seem just to benefit the children’s rush of sugary treats, as 80% of adults admit indulging in their children’s candy stash with them. Perhaps the scariest part is the haunting of teeth problems that arise afterward. Of course, the best recommendation is balance and moderation, which still allows your children (and you) to enjoy the treats, without the tricks.
A common problem that tends to rise as a result of Halloween candy is tooth decay. The imbalance of too much candy without proper brushing and flossing will lead to the development of cavities.
For adults, candy can destroy previous dental work, such as fillings and crowns, especially with sticky or chewy candy.
Whether you are choosing candy types to buy, or have children who will be consuming treat, Here are some dental tips to making Halloween more fun, and less scary.
Sticky Candy: Try to avoid eating sticky candy, such as taffy and caramel, as they tend to stick to your teeth for a more extended period of time, leading to tooth decay.
Chocolate: Chocolate bars are better for your teeth and a better choice compared to most other types of candies. It is less likely to damage your enamel, and unlike other sweets such as lollipops, it is devoured quicker.
Gum: Opt to go for the sugar-free chewing gum, it can actually benefit your teeth. It helps to rinse teeth and neutralize the acids made from bacteria in plaque.
The key for good oral health is maintaining good oral hygiene. Whether it is Halloween or any day in the year, you can prevent tooth decay, gum disease and other dental problems by brushing, flossing, and regular visits to the dentist.
Have a Safe & Happy Halloween, Edmonton!