It’s that time of year again! Fall weather and sweet treats go together. There’s candy corn, candied apples, and plenty of taffy to keep a kid’s taste buds busy and happy. That means it’s time to make sure that cavities aren’t the consequence of all the celebrations and fun. Here are a few tips for keeping your kid’s mouth happy and healthy.
- There’s nothing happy about being sour. Sour candies may seem like a positive solution to satisfying the candy craze. Not so. Sour candies contain a lot of acid. Prolonged exposure to these acids can cause your child’s enamel to erode.
- Gooey candies linger in the mouth between teeth, allowing sugar to attach to the teeth for lengthy amounts of time. It is important that children brush and floss to remove the excess candy.
- Be strategic. Try having children enjoy candy for a limited time, instead of leisurely throughout the day to avoid continued exposure to sugar.
- Unlike hard and gooey candy, chocolate dissolves quickly in the mouth and may be a better choice for your child’s oral health.
- Alternatives can be just as much fun! Sugar-free gum and lollipops come in flavors that may be just as enjoyable for your child. Gifts such as coloring books and markers can be just as exciting as candy for most children.
Remember to encourage a good brushing routine. Include toothpaste and fun, kid-friendly toothbrushes in your celebrations!
Tip! Candied fruits dipped in chocolate or yogurt may seem like a good alternative to candy. However, dried fruits are gooey and full of sugar that will attack the teeth just as much as candy.