Halloween is just a few days away! While you’re preparing your costumes and trick-or-treating routes, you’re probably also looking forward to consuming much more sugar than you usually would. Here’s how to keep yourself and your kids healthy this Halloween!
Is sugar really bad for my teeth?
Yes! Sugar is considered highly acidic, and acidic foods are the ones to avoid when you want to protect your teeth. Acid erodes the protective layer over your teeth called enamel. Once the enamel is worn down, your teeth are more likely to develop cavities and decay, leading to tooth loss.
Are some candies worse than others?
While all candy is generally bad for your teeth, there are some candies that are much more damaging than others. Anything that is exposed to your teeth for long periods of time, like lollipops and sticky candies, are ones to steer clear from.
How can I curb my kid’s candy eating on Halloween?
Try to put a limit to the amount of candy that they can eat by first giving them healthy, filling snacks like fresh fruit, veggies, or cheese. You can also try to redirect their excitement over the holiday with fun Halloween activities that don’t involve eating candy. Make sure that they brush and floss their teeth before bed, which you should be doing every night anyway!
What can I eat on Halloween if I am avoiding candy?
Crunchy, fresh fruit and veggies like an apple or carrot sticks can kill your sugar cravings instantly. Yogurt with fresh berries and a little honey is another great candy alternative because it’s sweet and filling.
What are the signs of sugar damage on teeth?
If your teeth feel very sensitive to the touch or to hot or cold food and beverages, you may be developing a cavity. Yellowing teeth, bad breath, bleeding gums, and pain are also signs of tooth decay or gum disease. It’s important to see a dentist as soon as possible so that you can keep your teeth as healthy as possible!
Dental cleanings and exams are a great way to keep your teeth healthy and strong. At Green Tree Dental, we offer a variety of services to help you maintain your oral health. Contact us to schedule an appointment!