You may be surprised to read that sugar doesn’t actually rot your teeth. In fact, contrary to the scare tactics we may have heard as children that too much sugar causes your teeth to fall out, tooth decay is caused by bacteria in your mouth. This bacteria uses the sugar from foods and drinks to produce acid. It’s actually the acid that dissolves and damages your teeth. Since Halloween is right around the corner, it’s important to know how to mitigate the effects of sugar on your teeth. We are happy to share some tips for a healthier Halloween.
Mitigate the Effects of Sugar on Your Teeth – Timing is Key
Choose to eat your Halloween candy with meals or shortly after mealtime. Saliva production increases during our bigger meals. Saliva helps by rinsing away food particles and canceling out acids produced by the bacteria in your mouth.
Mitigate the Effects of Sugar on Your Teeth – Stay Away from Sweet Snacks
Snacking constantly on sweet snacks and sugary foods increases your risk of cavities! Limit yourself to dipping into that candy bowl and grab some carrots or celery instead as healthier snacks like veggies help break away food stuck in between your teeth.
Mitigate the Effects of Sugar on Your Teeth – Choose Candy Carefully
Avoid the long-lasting harder candies and other stickier Halloween treats that stay in your mouth for a long time. These sugary treats increase the acidity in your mouth and consequently increase the risk of tooth decay.
Have a Plan
We all get excited we we bring our massive pillow cases home after a successful night of trick-or-treating. Some kids want to make their haul last forever while others want to eat as much as they can quickly. Parents should go through your children’s candy together and help limit their stash and intake. You could always donate unwanted/excess candy, or just throw it out
Finally, Drink Lots of Water
Keep your children hydrated, especially while they’re enjoying some of their Halloween treats as water will help keep the acidity low and wash away more bacteria.
These helpful tips will allow your children to enjoy their Halloween candy, but will also protect their teeth during a much sweeter month.