When it comes to Halloween candy; kids go crazy for it, but it can drive parents just plain crazy with concern — especially in the dental department. Chicago dental spa owner, Dr. Margaret Mitchell, weighed in with some tips on how to keep your child's teeth cavity-free this Halloween:
Before Halloween, visit your dentist to have sealants put into your child’s teeth grooves. This protects tooth enamel against decay caused by excess sugar.
Go through your child’s candy before he or she digs in. Sweets to avoid include sticky candies like taffy, gummy bears and caramel. They adhere to teeth and lead to decay.
It is okay for your child to eat any candy that you approve of, but to help lessen the chance for tooth decay, have them brush as soon as possible after eating the candy. By brushing right after candy consumption, the impact of the candy on the teeth is minimal.
If brushing soon after eating is not possible, kids should rinse their mouths with water or chew a sugarless gum (especially those containing xylitol) after snacking on candy. The increased saliva from chewing will help wash the sugar off the teeth, and xylitol gums help control the bacteria that cause tooth decay.