With Halloween approaching, you may want to form a plan to protect your ghouls’ and ghosts’ teeth from cavities. The candies in their Halloween pail contain sugars that could harm their teeth. We’re not saying that you should not let your child eat Halloween candy, but know that not all candies are created equal. When your children come back from trick-or-treating, sort through the spoils and remove those that are especially tooth harming.
Hard candies dissolve in the mouth slowly over time, allowing the bacteria in the mouth more time to access the sugar. Hard candy can also be harmful to the teeth if your little one can’t resist biting them, as this can chip or break the teeth.
Chewy candies are also especially prone to harm your child’s teeth. Candy like caramel and gummy worms may taste good, but they will stay in your child’s mouth for a long time. These candies stick to the teeth, which provides bacteria with plenty to time to consume sugar.
Instead of hard and chewy candies, let your little monsters eat candy that dissolves from the mouth quickly. If you would like to learn more about Halloween candy and your child’s smile, we invite you to contact Bull City Smiles Cosmetic & Family Dentistry, Debora Bolton DDS at 919-381-5900. Our dentist in Durham, North Carolina, Dr. Debora Bolton, will happily help you plan for the holiday.