Halloween and Your Child’s Smile

Halloween candy

Halloween doesn’t have to be a nightmare for your child’s teeth.

While enjoying a few treats (in moderation) is fine from time to time, it’s the lengthy and extensive exposure to sugar and acid that does the real damage.

Allow your child to enjoy their Halloween treats. But create a game plan before you start, such as:

  • Toss out sticky candy if your child wears braces or has sealants. Otherwise the taffy, caramel, or other sticky treat could pull appliances and protective coatings off of your child’s teeth.
  • Avoid liquids, such as bottles filled with sugary sprays. Liquids work their way into hard-to-reach areas and can cause more cavities than other types of candy, such as chocolate.
  • Set a throw-out date, such as November 3rd. Whatever candy isn’t eaten by that time gets tossed. It may even make you feel less guilty for sneaking a few bites when your kid isn’t looking!

Need Perspectives from a Pediatric Dentist in Centennial, CO?

As a family dentist, I want parents to understand that their children are exposed to cavity-causing foods and liquids every day. The key is to limit the amount of time your child’s teeth are exposed to those acids. During Halloween, we are bombarded with candy, but it’s when that candy consumption drags out for weeks that it’s really cause for concern.

How You Can Help Your Child Protect Their Teeth from Candy

Consider purchasing a fluoridated rinse for your child to use at night, starting before Halloween and extending through the holidays. Fluoride can help your child’s teeth resist extra acid and remineralize weak spots that might be on their way to forming a cavity.

Help your child floss. If he or she can’t yet tie a shoe independently, then you should still be helping them floss. Cleaning between teeth is very important, especially if they are very snug. This prevents bacterial plaque and sugary acids from eating away at the part of the tooth that can’t be brushed.

If your child is due for a checkup, bring them into our Centennial, CO family dentist office before Halloween. We can screen for possible problems before they are set off by a few pieces of Halloween candy. On the other side of the coin, many parents choose to schedule their kids’ dental cleaning and checkup for a couple of weeks after Halloween. We can even apply a prescription strength fluoride gel or dental sealants to protect your child’s teeth further.

At Young Family and Cosmetic Dentistry, we love kids! If you’re looking for a pediatric dentist in Centennial, CO, you will be thrilled to know that we accept pediatric patients in our family office. Call us today!

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