With Halloween approaching, forming a plan to protect your ghouls’ and ghosts’ teeth from cavities is a good idea. The candies in their Halloween bucket contain sugars that could harm their teeth. We’re not saying that you should not let your child eat Halloween candy, but know that not all candies are created equal. When your children come back from trick-or-treating, sort through the candy and remove those that are especially tooth harming.
Some candy is designed to stay in the mouth for much longer than others. This gives it more time to stick to the teeth and cause damage. Hard candies like suckers dissolve in the mouth slowly over time, allowing the bacteria in the mouth more access to the sugar, which it converts to cavity-causing acid. Hard candies can also be harmful to the teeth if your little one can’t resist biting them. This habit could cause chipped or even broken teeth.
Chewy candies are also especially likely to harm your child’s teeth. Candy like caramel and gummy worms may taste delicious, but they will stay in your child’s mouth for a long time. This is because these candies stick to the teeth, which provides bacteria with lots of time to consume sugar.
Instead of hard and chewy candies, let your little monsters eat candy that dissolves from the mouth quickly. If you would like more information about Halloween candy and protecting your child’s smile from cavities, we invite you to contact Wong Dental at 626-709-3332 today. Our dentist in Covina, California, Dr. Lin Wong, will happily help you protect your child’s smile.