Halloween and Suger Bugs

WHICH IS SCARIER?

A zombie walking down the road OR the little critters that burrow in your teeth and eat away at it???

Here are a few tips for Halloween Sugar High.

  • When buying candy for Halloween, look for treats that can be eaten quickly, like miniature candy bars.
  • Consider alternate giveaways like stickers, pencils, temporary tattoos, nuts and dried fruit.
  • When you get home from trick-or-treating, discard hard or sticky candies like sugared fruit snacks, caramels, popcorn balls or lollipops as they overload the teeth with sugar for long periods of time.
  • Limit consumption of sour candies that may contain acids (such as citric acid) to intensify the sour flavor. These acids can contribute to dental erosion and cavities.
  • Encourage your child to eat a small amount in one sitting followed by a glass of water and thorough tooth brushing. It is not a good idea to allow your child to graze on candy from after school until dinner time as this will increase the amount of time sugar comes in contact with teeth.

Halloween is a great time for parents to think about their children’s teeth, but oral health should be a year-round concern. Regularly encourage good oral health habits with your children, including flossing daily, brushing at least twice a day and visiting the dentist regularly. That way you’ll ensure the sugary villains don’t stick around on your children’s teeth long after Halloween is over.