Did you know chocolate is one of the best candy choices? With Halloween right around the corner, we thought it would be a good time to talk about what’s good for your child’s teeth and promote oral health. After trick-or-treating, sort your child’s candy. Throw out anything ripped or if it appears that it has been tampered with. Allow your child to eat candy in moderation in order to avoid stomachaches and cavities. Teeth have an increase rate of cavities the longer and more frequent they are exposed to sugar. Below is a list of the best and worst candy for your child’s teeth.
- Chocolate quickly dissolves in your mouth, which means your teeth will be in less contact with the sugar. But be aware of chocolates that are filled with caramel or nuts, they are harder to chew and potentially harmful to your teeth.
- Powdery candy, like Pixy Stix and Fun Dip, are not as bad as other candies because they dissolve quickly preventing the sugar from sticking to your teeth.
- Hard candy, like lollipops and Runts, are NOT good for your teeth because they are sucked on at a leisurely pace; this allows the teeth to be coated with sugar. Teeth can also chip or break when biting down on hard candy.
- Chewy candy, like gummies or caramels, are the WORST for your teeth; they are high in sugar and spend an extended time stuck on your teeth. Chewy candies are also more difficult for saliva to break down. The sugar gets in the grooves and stays there, creating a greater potential for tooth decay to occur. Also, be aware that raisins and other dried fruits have the same risk.
Halloween is a great time to remind your little ones of the importance of brushing and flossing:
- Brush two times per day, once in the morning and before bed.
- Floss one time per day. Use children’s flossers to make this easier and more fun.
- Encourage extra brushing after they eat Halloween candy. If your child is not able to brush after having candy, have them drink water to help wash away the sugar.
- See a Dentist two times per year for a dental cleaning, exam and professional fluoride treatment. If you are looking for a new dental home, please come see us at Family Dental Care of Milford, we are always accepting new patients.
Smiles! Authored by: Amanda Smith, DMD, MPH (Ellamina’s mom) Kelly Fontaine, RDH (Addison’s mom)