The Fall Season means that it’s time for your little ones to dress up like ghouls, ghosts, monsters, and princesses and go trick-or-treating. The Fall Season is so fun for your little ghoulies, but it can also be hazardous for their (and your) oral health. Read on for some tips on navigating the Fall Season without developing tooth decay.
Sort the Loot
If your children go trick-or-treating this year, you may want to sort their spoils. Some candies are particularly bad for the teeth, so removing those types of candy could be wise. Hard candies, sticky candies, and sour candies can do more damage to the teeth than other types of candies. Hard candies and sticky candies linger in the mouth, giving sugars more time to harm the teeth. Sour candies can weaken the tooth enamel because they are very acidic.
Pause Before Brushing
You may think that rushing to the bathroom to brush your teeth or your child’s teeth right after eating candy is a great idea. In reality, some candies (especially sour ones) are acidic and can weaken the tooth enamel. Brushing teeth right after eating these candies can damage the enamel while it is still sensitive. Instead of brushing right after eating candy, drink water to rinse the teeth and then brush 30 minutes later.
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