TRICK OR TREAT! It is that time of the year again when children and adults wear their costumes, hide their faces and wander the streets for something good to eat. History repeats itself, and unfortunately this year parents you will be left with garbage bag full of candies (not to include the candies you may not have given out). As you all already know, a lot of candy is no good for the teeth. The kids will be left with aching teeth and probably a lot of cavities. So to prevent this most parents try to give their kids a little bit of candy every day, or maybe 2-3 candies every other day. What does the dental professional got to say about this matter? Read below!
To keep cavities away and protect your child’s smile this Halloween, the Canadian Dental Association (CDA) recommends taking these simple steps:
- Limit the number of times a day your child eats sugary treats or snacks between meals. Serve snacks that will not harm your child’s teeth, such as vegetables, cheese, nuts or seeds.
- It is best to eat sugary treats at the end of mealtime while there is still plenty of saliva in the mouth. Saliva helps to wash away the sugars and acids.
- Drinking a glass of water after eating a sugary treat will also help wash away some of the sugars and acids.
- Avoid soft, sticky treats that get stuck between teeth.
- Always have your child brush and floss before going to bed.
Why you should do the above recommend steps?
The Canadian Dental Association explains it very simply:
“When your child consumes sugary food or drinks, the bacteria (germs) in the dental plaque on the teeth mix with the sugars in the candy to make a mild acid. This acid attacks the hard outer layer of the tooth, called the enamel. If the dental plaque isn’t removed every day by brushing and flossing, over time, the enamel gets soft and a cavity forms. The damage to the tooth depends on how much sugar goes in the mouth and how long it stays there. In other words, the longer and more often sugar touches the teeth, the more damage it can do.”
We hope that you do follow these steps. Just sipping more water, brushing and flossing more effectively can do a great good for you and your child. Parents we wish you have a Happy Halloween with happy children and happy teeth!