With Halloween right around the corner, it’s time for your dentist to share some helpful tips on handling the load of candy that will be coming into your home. While you don’t have to completely eliminate the candy from your child’s diet, there are some steps you can take to help minimize the damage that sugar can cause. Here’s what you should know about managing your child’s Halloween haul.
Avoid Certain Types of Candy
There are certain kinds of candy that are more harmful to your teeth than others.
Hard candies can cause chipping or fractures, while sticky gummy candies linger longer than they should, which gives sugar a better opportunity to cause tooth decay.
Limit Your Stash
Arrange a plan ahead of time with your family members to limit the amount of candy you keep around. Have everyone choose a few pieces of their favorite items and then donate or give away the rest. Many dentists offer a take-back program to help families unload their candy haul.
Eat Candy at the Right Time
Your dentist will tell you that there’s never a good time for candy; however, eating your treat at the end of a meal can do less damage because your saliva production increases while you eat. The extra saliva can help wash away any debris or remaining candy particles in your mouth.
Drink Lots of Water
Water also helps to rinse away food debris and remaining particles, so be sure to increase your water intake especially when you’re eating candy.
Stick to Your Home Care Routine
Brushing and flossing during Halloween has never been more important. The best way to protect your teeth from the decay caused by sugar is to brush at least twice per day and floss at least once. Be sure to wait about 30 minutes after you eat your candy before brushing to allow your mouth to return to normal pH balance, which decreases the damage that sugar causes.
Flossing is important for reaching in between your teeth where your toothbrush can’t. This can be a problematic area when you are eating sticky or chewy candy, and believe it or not, you can get cavities in between your teeth!
Visit Your Dentist
If it’s time for your routine cleaning and checkup with your dentist, don’t delay scheduling your appointment. During the holiday season, we tend to eat foods and treats that we normally don’t consume, and visiting your dentist for preventive care can help you avoid more significant problems in the future such as tooth decay or gum disease.
Contact your dentist today if it’s time to schedule your next appointment.
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Dr. Tim Stirneman and his team provide exceptional dental care to patients residing in Lake in the Hills, IL. Our primary goal at Compassionate Dental Care is to exceed your expectations at every visit. Patients enjoy a wide range of services designed to meet their needs without many referrals to other places.
If you would like to contact Dr. Stirneman, he can be reached by calling 847-854-7645 or through his website.