October 18, 2017
Does the idea of your little one hauling their weight in candy in one day terrify you—not only for their health, but their teeth! Between school, the neighborhood parade, and going door to door, your child is sure to fill buckets and buckets of sticky, sweet treats.
If you’re concerned about your child’s health, but don’t want to ruin the traditional spirit of Halloween, consider this advice from your Reading dentist.
If Anyone Despises Sugar, It’s Your Dentist. You’re Not Alone!
If there’s one person that’s going to try to shy you and your family away from sugar, it’s your dentist. But don’t peg them as a “Debbie-downer.” Dentists just want to keep your body and especially your teeth healthy. It’s easier to relate when you understand what sugar does to your teeth.
When you eat sugar, the bacteria in your mouth mixes with the leftover residue throughout your mouth. This mixture creates a harmful acid that will erode the enamel of your teeth. This can lead to tooth decay, cavities, and other dental problems down the line.
So, what do you do when a holiday like Halloween is around the corner?
Try to Shy Away from Sticky, Hard Candies.
Candies like toffees or taffies are the worst for your teeth. Instead, try incorporating more soft malleable chocolate candies into your Halloween candy bowl.
The sticky candies put you and your family at risk for cracking, chipping, or damaging your teeth. Not to mention they can melt into the crevices of your teeth and erode the outer protective layer of your smile.
Chocolate on the other hand melts and can easily be washed down with a cup of water. Be sure to rinse your mouth after you snack on a snack size chocolate bar.
Believe It or Not, Chocolate Can Actually Be Healthy—Sort of.
Chocolate can actually be considered a super food for your health—especially oral health. Here’s the key point: you must eat dark chocolate. We’re talking about rich, natural, dark chocolate. Recent studies found in Japan, England, and the United States support that dark chocolate is effective in fighting cavities, plaque, and tooth decay in the mouth.
The natural compounds of the cocoa bean have an anti-bacterial effect. This helps to fight against plaque—the catalyst to almost every dental problem in the book.
To get the most out of your chocolate snacking, buy dark chocolate with less than 6-8 grams of sugar per serving—organic if possible. Raw chocolate is even a better choice because it leaves more antioxidants in place than when it’s processed.
Ultimately, your dentist doesn’t want to take the fun away from Halloween. It’s still important to make choices for you and your child’s oral health in mind.
Meet the Dentist
Dr. Gail Iebba loves to see patients of all ages at Associates in Family Dentistry. If you’ve been searching for a practice to call your dental home, look no further. With over 30 years of clinical experience, Dr. Iebba not only can help you achieve a healthy smile, but she can help you maintain it. If you would like to speak with her about obtaining optimal oral health or even fun tips to help your children enjoy a healthy Halloween, feel free to call our Reading office.
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