How to Avoid Halloween Candy Tooth Decay – Tips on how to avoid tooth decay during Halloween candy season courtesy of Dr. Margaret Mitchell, DDS of the Mitchell Dental Spa.
The Halloween candy is already out but is there a way to keep kids’ smiles bright? Besides not eating the candy at all (not an option), there are ways to avoid tooth decay from Halloween Candy. Dr. Margaret Mitchell, DDS of the Mitchell Dental Spa sent Oakland County Moms some tips on how to make sure Halloween season does not equal cavity season.
Tips to avoid Halloween Candy tooth decay
- Avoid excessive consumption of these sugary treats
- Lessen the amount of time the sugar is present in the mouth
- Examine your child’s candy before he or she digs in to see if it meets your approval
- 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
- Avoid sticky candy such as taffy, gummy bears, caramel, etc. Sticky Candy adheres to teeth and leads to decay.
- Despite popular belief Kids can eat candy ANYTIME, there is not a good time of day/night to eat candy
- Prior to Halloween, visit your dentist to have sealants put into the child’s teeth grooves. This protects tooth enamel against corrosion caused by excess sugar
- If brushing soon after eating is not possible, then try the following: Consume the candy with a meal. The increased saliva production while eating will help wash the sweet off the teeth
- Rinse the mouth with water.
- 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
- Eat the candy quickly in one sitting to decrease the amount of time it is contact with the teeth. Avoid eating any candy slowly over an extended time or over multiple sittings. Recent studies have shown that length of time eating a sweet can be more harmful than the amount of sweet consumed. This means hard candies, breath mints, etc. (long residence time in the mouth) can actually be worse for your teeth than a chocolate candy bar (shorter residence time in the mouth)
- Avoid sugary sodas. They are loaded with sugar (often over 10 teaspoons per 12 ounce serving), are acidic enough to dissolve away tooth enamel and are often sipped for long periods of time, resulting in teeth that are being bathed with sugar and acid almost continuously throughout the day.
About Mitchell Dental Spa
The philosophy of the Mitchell Dental Spa is over-the-top dentistry combined with over-the-top amenities. Unlike other cosmetic dental offices which only have dental services, the Mitchell Dental Spa is a full-service facility offering dentistry along with massages, facials, and skin rejuvenation. Complimentary 10-15 minute spa treatments are included with every visit and this is offered up along with refreshments, a friendly staff and world-class professional service. The Mitchell Dental Spa is located at 845 North Michigan Avenue in Suite 922 East in Chicago’s Water Tower Place. For more information, please call (312) 642-1014 or visit the Mitchell Dental Spa website.