It is reaching that moment of the year where children’s consumption of sugar is likely to increase highly. The average American eats 25 pounds of candy annually, with a high percentage of it being eating on Halloween.
When one is consuming chocolate, hard candy, taffy, and other sweets, it is difficult to maintain good oral health. Dr. Harold Katz, the “Bad Breath Doctor” disperses tips on how to avoid rotting one’s teeth from celebrating Halloween. Instead of having the scariest breath, why not have the scariest costume instead?
According to Dr. Katz, “Halloween is where candy makers go to town on your kids’ teeth. It’s not like their intention is to rot your children`s teeth, but it may as well be with all the problems that habitual and even binge-based candy consumption can cause.”
With that said, here are some good tips to avoid those unwanted cavities:
- Once your child brings home their Halloween candy, take control of it and dole it out to them over time
- If you are comfortable doing so, deny your kids the most offensive of the candies they bring home to avoid cavities (all-day suckers, jolly ranchers, jaw breakers, large lollipops, taffy, roll-ups, gummy sweets)
- Make sure your child brushes and flosses after consuming these goodies, and before bed without exception
- Try sugarless gum or candy as an alternative, since it reduces the amount of bacteria in the mouth
- If you are the one giving out candy to kids, try to offer fun alternatives to candy like party favors, stickers, noisemakers, comic books, and so on.
- Since adults have their fun during Halloween too, they should try to avoid alcohol (since alcohol causes dry mouth, leading to bacterial bad breath, which is the worst kind of halitosis)
- Keep in mind that breath mints are really sugary candies, because they just taste sweet and do not necessarily mask bad breath (taste and smell are not the same senses!).
- Also, pay attention to what toothpaste/mouthwash your kids are using. It should not contain alcohol or Sodium Lauryl Sulfate.
Hope your Halloween will be sweet, but not full of cavities!