Does thinking about Halloween candy and the potential effect on your children’s teeth enough to make your spine tingle?
Don’t despair – you can be watchful over of your child’s health and still let them enjoy the special occasion.
The decay process in teeth works like this: Roughly 90 percent of all foods contain sugars or starches that enable bacteria in dental plaque to produce acids. It is this bacterial acid attack, lasting 20 minutes or more, that can lead to a loss of tooth mineral and give way to cavities.
Anyone, kids and adults, who licks a piece of hard candy every few minutes or sips a sugary drink is more susceptible to tooth decay because long-lasting snacks create an acid attack on teeth the entire time the snack is in the mouth. so… one approach would be to allow your little ghosts and goblins to indulge in Halloween candy at mealtime instead of as a snack.
Some sticky foods clear from the mouth faster than less sticky foods, creating a shorter acid assault on the teeth. Caramels, for example, dissolve more quickly than crackers, breakfast cereals, potato chips, dried fruit and bread.
Most of all, practice good oral hygiene by making sure your masked superhero/heroine brushes and flosses every day, uses fluoride toothpaste and visits us regularly.