‘October is a great time for everyone because the Fall begins and ushers in, finally, a break from the oppressive heat. It’s a great time for parents because the kids are firmly back in school and, hopefully, getting acclimated to their new routine. And October is a great time for kids because of candy. Sure, […]
And every Halloween we parents perform a balancing act. We let them cheat and eat too many sweets but we also worry about our allowed quota, attempting to let them celebrate but not get crazy. Here at Goliad Dental
, we want to help. If you are a parent deciding which items from the trick or treating stash need the most caution, or if you are simply a concerned candy-handing-out citizen, the following list will help you make Halloween as little cavity inducing as possible.
In descending order, here is the raw truth about candy and oral health:
Powdery candy snacks
like those paper straws filled with the pastel stuff are actually pure sugar, but surprisingly not as bad as you would think. Sugar in this form doesn’t really stick to your teeth, so it won’t hang around when you are done and do continued damage.
has the most nutritional benefits of all kinds of chocolate, and the least amount of sugar. These snacks are a good option for appeasing a sweet tooth without too much tooth damage.
is actually terrible for your teeth. The huge bitter flavor comes from an acid based ingredient that particularly wears on enamel. We suggest that waiting thirty minutes after eating one of these before you brush, letting the acid harden so that it doesn’t just get spread around into other crevices.
And lastly, chewy, gooey candy
is the worst for your smile. it sticks in there long after you have eaten, even if you brush. If you let your kids have some of this kind, also pull out the floss after they’ve indulged.
We hope this list helps you with good decision making. Of course, in the end, the wisest thing is moderation. Dentists like occasional chocolate bars too, but the truly cavity-less typically possess the most self control. Have a great Halloween, enjoy some Fall sweets, and keep your great smile intact!’