Here at your West Seattle dentist‘s office, Dr. Kirchner wants you to know the facts about candy and tooth decay. With Halloween right around the corner, here are tips to consider as
you your child starts munching through his Halloween haul!
- Remember, it’s not only the sugar, it’s also about the length of time candy is in your mouth! Although packed with sugar, if you choose to eat candy, eat some that isn’t in your mouth for a long time. Hard candy and candy that is very sticky hangs out in your mouth for awhile, meaning the bacteria that form cavities have longer to eat the sugar and make the acids that make tooth decay. With sticky candy, it gets caught in nooks and crannys and is difficult for your saliva to wash away, staying in your mouth even longer. Chocolate and non-sticky/hard is a better choice since it doesn’t stay in your mouth too long (which, in this author’s opinion, chocolate is always the correct choice!).
- Eat candy with meals or right after. Because eating food ups your saliva production, this will help wash away the candy from your mouth. Also be sure to drink lots of water, not sugary drinks like soda or juice.
- Don’t forget to brush and floss! Still always important! Never underestimate the power of cleaning food and candy off of your teeth. It will (literally!) prevent cavities!! Check out your toothbrush and make sure the bristles aren’t flying out in every direction. If they are, time to get a new toothbrush! Aim to replace yours every 3-4 months.
- But above all, don’t forget to have fun and be safe this Halloween season!