Scary things come to those who do not brush their teeth!

Halloween is just around the corner and we all know that Halloween means sweets and lots of it! However, Halloween is followed with November cavities.

When your child consumes sugary food or drinks, the bacteria use the sugar to produce acid. This acid attacks the hard outer layer of the tooth, called the enamel. If the dental plaque isn’t removed daily by brushing and flossing, the frequent acid attack removes the enamel and causes decay and cavities. The damage to the tooth depends on how much sugar goes in the mouth and how long it stays there. In other words, the longer and more often sugar touches the teeth, the more damage it can do.

To have a safe Halloween this October follow the following steps:

  1. Limit the number of times a day your child eats sugary treats or snacks between meals. Serve snacks that will not harm your child’s teeth, such as vegetables, cheese, nuts or seeds. • It is best to eat sugary treats at the end of mealtime while there is still plenty of saliva in the mouth. Saliva helps to wash away the sugars and acids.
  2. Drinking a glass of water after eating a sugary treat will also help wash away some of the sugars and acids.
  3. Avoid soft, sticky treats that get stuck between teeth.
  4. Always have your child brush and floss before going to bed. Halloween candy can be a nightmare for someone who wears braces, but it doesn’t have to be.

Trick-or-treaters who wear braces should avoid nuts, popcorn, tortilla chips, hard sweets, caramel and other chewy ones to keep their braces safe and intact. However, there are plenty of other things that trick-or-treaters who wear braces can enjoy, like chocolate!

Fun alternatives to sweets:

An alternative would be to let your child trade in Halloween sweets for a game, book, toy or trip to the cinema. Teach your child that moderation is important and reduce the amount of their sugary intake, then you won’t have to worry about things like tooth ache and Halloween will still be fun.

Here are healthy treat alternatives for parents to hand out on Halloween night to help trick-or-treaters avoid a mouthful of November cavities:

  • Sugar free gum
  • Sugar free lollipops
  • Cheese snacks like cheese strings

Parents can also give out fun toys and other gifts like Halloween stickers, Halloween pencils and rubbers, vampire teeth, toothbrushes and floss, which will certainly help trick-or-treaters keep their smiles cavity free.

And finally do not forget to brush and floss those pearly teeth.

Have a spooktacular Halloween!

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