Every time you consume sugar, some of it is deposited on and between your teeth, causing a risk of cavities. Many people are all sensitive to the challenges posed by overconsumption of candy on Halloween. Here are some tips for dealing with your sweet tooth and those of your children.
- Not all candy is the same. Avoid softer, stickier sweets like jellybeans, caramels, and even fruit jellies that stick to your teeth.
- Explain to the children that a candy is a dessert to eat at the end of the meal, when we have more saliva in our mouth, which helps neutralize the excess sugar.
- Combine candy and dairy as a snack or dessert. The vitamins and casein in milk, yogurt, and cheese help the enamel resist attacks from sugar.
- Lastly, toddlers (and older children) should be strongly encouraged to brush their teeth or drink water after eating candy. This helps to remove or dilute some of the sugars and acids in Halloween candy.