As the Halloween season is already around the corner, we all know one thing: COVID or not, candies will be eaten. Not all treats are of the sweet kind, some can leave quite an impression on teeth. As a parent, how do you make sure your kids and their teeth especially survive Halloween 2020? Here are several tips you can add to your checklist.
One of the most popular treats in the bag is chocolate. The fortunate thing is that chocolate is easier to rinse off your teeth than other candies. If there are nuts, then the sugar can be naturally rinsed off the teeth as well. Dark chocolate can be especially good as it holds less sugar than milk chocolate candy.
Sticky candies can be trickier to remove off your teeth than others. If your child especially has a filling or crown, then further distance them away from sticky candies. In addition, these types of candies can stick in the grooves of teeth, which can lead to a higher overall risk of cavities.
Popcorn balls can be delicious, but it is important to be aware of biting into the harder types that can damage your teeth. Your Chula Vista and Lakeside dentist suggests flossing your teeth after eating popcorn balls so any remaining material is removed between the teeth and gums.
Eating Sour Candies
Sour candies might need to be skipped this year, these can have acidic properties which can damage tooth enamel. If tooth enamel is damaged excessively, then there is a higher risk of cavities.
Another practice you can follow is to drink plenty of water. A good amount of water consumed can help neutralize pH in your mouth to slow down the development of cavities. In addition, water can help remove residual food trapped in the smaller spaces of teeth. Without leftover food, any bacteria will not be able to develop into cavities or other conditions.
Dr. Ana Cluff and her team can provide additional information about oral health care as well as treatments to keep you and your family smiling. To schedule a consultation, contact our office today.