Say Boo! To Tooth Decay
- When sorting through their candy, get your child to trade in their problematic treats for stickers or other little toys.
- Eating sweets is fine when done in moderation. Keep candy in a sealed container and establish times when your child can have a treat. Immediately after meals is a good time, as there is a better flow of saliva to help wash away foods and to dilute sugar.
- Brush and floss after snacking. If your child doesn’t have access to a toothbrush while at school or a friend’s house, give them sugarless gum to help get their saliva flowing.
- Alternate some healthy snacks, such as vegetables, fruits, yogurts and cheeses, with Halloween treats.
- Be sure to stick to a good oral health routine – brush and floss daily and see your dentist regularly.
Treats, Not Tricks!
- Treats that are sugarless or low in sugar, not hard and easily brushed away after they are eaten.
- Sugarless gum, peanuts, sunflower seeds, popcorn or sugarless lollipops are good treats to hand out.
Those to avoid:
- Treats that remain in the mouth for a long time are the prime culprits behind decay-causing bacteria. Avoid sticky sweets that adhere to teeth, such as caramels, toffees and fruit roll-ups.
- Hard candies, such as lollipops and jawbreakers, can also cause chipped teeth and may damage dental work.
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Since dried fruits are sticky they tend to stick to the teeth and stay on them longer than other foods. If you must eat dried fruits be sure to rinse your mouth out with water. Wait a half hour to an hour before brushing your teeth.
Although potato chips are a quick and easy snack they are full of starch. As they get stuck in between the teeth they can cause plaque build-up. It is very important to pay extra attention when flossing after eating them.
Not only are hard candy full of sugar that can harm your teeth they can also brake or chip them. Always choose a healthier alternative such as a gum that carries the CDA Seal of Approval.
Citric fruits contain acid that can erode the tooth enamel making teeth more susceptible to decay and the acid can also irritate mouth sores. Before dropping a squeeze of lemon or lime into your water think of the damage it may cause to your teeth. When consuming acidic foods or drinks be sure to drink lots of water.
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