With the help of Dr. Amer Hussain, Orthodontist and Owner of Pure Orthodontics, we were able to put together a little list of tips to help you keep your child’s teeth in great shape as they dive into their Halloween candy stash.
Hard sticky candies pose a big risk to kids with braces on Halloween. Indulging in the gooey treats can actually pop off a bracket, resulting in unexpected trip to the orthodontist’s office, not exactly the best way to spend your Halloween.
The increasing level of candy consumption at Halloween also makes kids more susceptible to cavities. Sweet treats increase the acid level in the mouth, which can ultimately cause decay and cavities. Dr. Hussain recommends cutting down the amount of time throughout the day when your kids are indulging in their Halloween haul.
“It’s okay to have candy, there’s no problem you can eat it,” says Dr. Hussain “but limit the time duration that they’re having it for.”
In order to decrease the risk of cavities, you can help your kids counteract the acidic effect of the candies by having them drink water afterwards. Other foods like cheese and nuts can also help counteract the effect of acid on the teeth.
Wait Before Brushing
Dr. Hussain says it’s important not to brush directly after eating candy. The acid buildup makes the teeth susceptible to damage, so instead drink water first wait about 30 minutes and then it’s safe to brush.
“Make sure they are cleaning their teeth,” says Dr. Hussain “Don’t let them go to bed with all of the candy in their mouth because then all night their teeth are having that candy attack on them.”
It’s absolutely alright to get into the spirit and let your kids have candy, just make sure you are smart about when you are allowing them to indulge and pay attention to how they are caring for their teeth afterwards.
By making sure your kids get regular checkups and cleanings, cavities can actually be caught in their early stages and the damage can often be repaired and even reversed. So stay on top your child’s dental health this Halloween.
Happy Trick or Treating !