October is here! By the end of this month, you will lot of Halloween candy lying around in your house.
It is hard to keep it away from your children when it’s theirs.
But eating too much candy will definitely give them cavities.
Hence, it is best to control their candy intake or only let them eat those that will not harm their oral health as much.
If your neighbors are smart, then they will also put some restrictions on what your child can or cannot eat.
Plus, you will also have to convince your child that they can or cannot eat certain items. Want to know how? Let’s find out below!
What Can They Eat From the Halloween Candy?
Not every candy is equally bad for your teeth.
In fact, some are good to consume too.
On top of that category are chocolates.
Milk chocolates but especially dark chocolates are good for teeth.
Furthermore, chocolate does not stick to your child’s teeth.
Hence, it can wash off easily and not lead to cavities in kids.
Good for you, it is actually a popular choice for adults and children alike.
So when you are buying candy, make sure that you get more chocolates, especially dark chocolates.
Moreover, you can also choose to buy and let your kids eat candy bars that contain nuts.
While candy has a lot of sugar, the nuts help to reduce the effect of the sugars of the candy bar on your child’s teeth.
Hence, you do not specifically need to prevent them from getting candy this Halloween, rather just let them eat the right ones.
That said, you definitely need to be wary of certain kinds of sour and sugary treats that can cause more damage to your child’s oral health.
Tell your neighbors to not buy them this time too.
You must be eager to know what are these unhealthy food and treats. Let’s find out below!
Unhealthy Halloween Candy
All treats and candies contain sugar.
However, not all of them are equally bad.
As chocolate does not stick to your teeth and your saliva helps to wash it down, it in not as bad as:
- Hard Candy
- Sticky Gummies
- Sweet Popcorn
- Sour Candy
Therefore, you can’t let your child eat all the treats they get.
It could result in cavities, decay and even tooth loss if the cavities worsen.
Hard candy is not only hard to chew but it also stays longer in your mouth.
When your child is trying to bite it down, they can hurt their teeth.
It can cause a crack or even break teeth if you are not careful while biting them.
Though, as they are hard to bite, you will keep sucking them longer inside your mouth.
This means the sugars are longer in contact with your saliva and teeth.
The sugars in the saliva can get onto your teeth, therefore, exposing them to harm from bacteria that feed on sugars.
Lollipops are similar too.
They are hard and you keep sucking them for long exposing all of your teeth to sugars.
Hence, keep them away from your children.
Sticky Gummies and Candies
Gummies and other sticky treats such as dried fruits tend to stick on your teeth and stay there for longer.
If it gets inside the grooves of your and your child’s teeth then it is harder to remove.
The saliva alone cannot remove them, so you will require brushing teeth or flossing.
Otherwise, it gives the cavity-causing bacteria a chance to feed on the sugars longer.
Therefore, resulting in decay and cavity.
These are the worst kind of sugary foods. Keep them away from your child during Halloween.
Like lollipops, these are also not good for teeth.
They are sticky so they can get stuck on your teeth and between them for a long time.
Moreover, they are hard to chew. Biting the kernels can crack your teeth.
Also, caramel popcorns are loaded with sugars.
These sugary treats can stick on your child’s teeth after trying hard to bite them from their teeth.
Moreover, as they are stuck, the sugars in them can feed the bacteria which can invade the tooth structure.
While not sweet, sour candies can still damage your teeth.
Due to their acidic content.
Acidic foods are as bad as sugary foods for teeth.
The acid can erode the enamel slowly.
This enamel erosion allows the bacteria to penetrate the tooth structure and decay it.
Sticky sour candies are even worse.
The acids in the candies will stick to your teeth and gradually wear down the enamel.
Therefore, do not only be wary of sweets but also acidic drinks and sour candies which can erode their enamel making their teeth susceptible to cavities.
Hence, you need to stop your kids from consuming these treats.
It is not a simple task and they will surely resist but stay clear that they should avoid harmful treats.
Preventing Kids from Eating Treats
When your child brings treats back home after their Halloween adventure, ask them to show it to you.
The treats are all theirs, so don’t think of confiscating them, unless you want to anger your child.
Rather politely ask them to show it to you.
You can separate the chocolates from the hard candies or make a daily quota for your child with less hard, chewy, sticky and sour candies.
This will help them to be careful with what they eat and will limit their intake of harmful candies.
It is okay if you buy and let them eat chocolates.
However, that too should be controlled.
One way to do that is to eat their treats at the right time.
For instance, children get to eat sugary and sour treats with their lunch or dinner and not separately.
Since there is already more saliva in the mouth during meals, then it can help wash away the sugars.
Therefore, they do not accumulate on your child’s teeth instead.
Moreover, you can ask them to eat treats right before they brush.
This helps to eliminate the bacteria and prevent them from building into a plaque as soon as they eat sugars.
Moreover, you can give them treats with certain foods that prevent cavity formation.
These include dairy products such as cheese and milk.
Giving them a cheese slice after eating a treat can balance the sugar content.
Fiber content such as fruits and vegetables are also good to eat with sugary treats.
Furthermore, cereals containing fluoride and other fluoride products can help strengthen their enamel to reduce the impact of sugars.
Eating sugar-free chewing gum right after a treat helps to produce more saliva to clear the sugars and food particles.
So either, you can tell them to brush their teeth right after eating a sugary treat or at least eat sugarless chewing gum.
Also, evaluate if your child has too much candy.
If they do, encourage them to share it.
You can send it to charities, nursing homes, shelter homes and food pantries.
This will not only help to reduce the intake of sugars but also create a spirit of sharing and caring in your children.
Hence if they have collected way too many candies, there is nothing wrong with distributing some in the community.
What Happens if They Keep Eating?
It must be hard for you to tell your child to go easy on their Halloween candy.
However, it is absolutely necessary. Otherwise, in no time you will start noticing signs of cavities.
They can show signs such as pain and sensitivity in teeth.
The toothache will be more apparent when they will eat or drink something.
Furthermore, when stains start showing on the surface of the tooth as well as black spots then it is a sign of cavities.
Take your child to the dentist soon because if cavities worsen then they can get tooth loss.
If a child loses baby teeth then their permanent teeth do not erupt in the right position.
Furthermore, a small cavity can soon become a bigger one and can infect more than one tooth.
Hence, take them to your dentist for a cavity fillings procedure.
Thus if your child has started eating their candies, then make sure they are taking a less quantity.
Furthermore that they are using a fluoride toothpaste to prevent damage to their teeth.
So, keep eating a large number of candies is not an option for your kids.
They should take them in a limited quantity.
Moreover, taking it with meals and avoiding the hard and sticky candies will help to keep their teeth healthier.
Halloween is a time for trick or treats, wearing Halloween costumes and having fun.
Pain from cavities will just ruin the fun.
Hence, you should avoid any complications from eating too many treats.
After all, dental visits are not as fun as Halloween candy bags and parties for trick or treaters.
So make sure that you and your child enjoy while eating the Halloween candy in moderation.