Do you have big plans for Halloween this weekend? We want everyone to enjoy their spooky evening, but we also want to make sure that kids and adults alike don’t develop an increased risk of cavities due to their candy. In today’s blog, your Olathe, KS, dentists discuss how to enjoy trick or treating without leaving teeth vulnerable to cavities.
How Halloween Candy Causes Cavities
Halloween treats are fun, but too much could leave sugar particles trapped on the teeth or stuck between them, especially if the treats are chewy and sticky. Harmful bacteria will take this opportunity and break down the particles, a process that causes a rise in oral acidity, and coats the teeth in plaque buildup. A bacterial byproduct, plaque cannot be removed with brushing and flossing alone, and could increase the risk of cavities, bad breath, and teeth stains. You and your kids could develop painful sensitivity and toothaches, and a higher risk of dental infection too!
Taking a Healthier Approach to Trick or Treating
We want you to enjoy your Halloween fun, but we also want you to take actions to protect your family from an increased risk of cavities. For example, your kids (and you as well) should limit how many pieces of candy you eat each day. Try to limit yourselves to just two after a meal, and drink a glass of water to help rinse away sugar particles. You could advise your kids to avoid the especially chewy ones, and opt for milk chocolate, which is easier to clean from the teeth. Some parents even let their kids pick their favorite pieces, and trade the excess in for toys or other small prizes.
If you’re going to the one in your building or neighborhood giving out these treats, then you should consider options that are good for smiles. Instead of candy, consider sealed packages of sugar-free gum, sugar-free candies, nuts, or trail mix. Some forgo candies and foods completely, instead providing fun party favors that can be bought in bulk, like plastic spider rings, stickers, toy skeletons, or rubber bats.
Caring for Smiles at Home
You also protect yourselves by brushing and flossing your teeth each day, and of course, seeing us for a checkup and cleaning every six months!
DO YOU HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT PREVENTIVE DENTISTRY?
Our team wants to help people of all ages in your family enjoy Halloween and avoid tooth decay. Schedule an appointment today and learn more about how to keep your smile strong and healthy all year. You can also call E-Care Dentistry in Olathe, KS, today at 913-764-1018. Find our office at 15010 S Black Bob Road Olathe, KS 66062. We also proudly serve patients from Overland Park, Lenexa, and all surrounding communities.