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Be Aware of Mouth Monsters This Halloween!

On October 23rd, 2017, posted in: Featured by

Halloween is nearly upon us, and so North Shore Dentistry for Children, along with the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD),  is urging parents and caregivers to be aware of the treats their children consume on October 31st and throughout the Halloween season.

Don’t be tricked, choosing the right treats may help your children steer clear of Mouth Monsters (aka tooth decay).  Dark chocolates and sugar-free gum are relatively better for teeth compared to gummies, caramel, sour candy or bubble gum, because they are less likely to get stuck in the grooves and crevices of the teeth.  If chocolate is the treat of choice, try to steer your kids toward dark chocolate – it contains antioxidants that can stop bacteria from sticking to teeth, helping to fight gum infections and tooth decay.

The AAPD suggests the following tips:

    • Moderation is the primary goal.  Treats are called treats for a reason.  They should not be consumed on a daily basis.
    • Treats that are not sticky or quickly leave the mouth (i.e., chocolates) are more tooth-friendly.
    • Treats that are sticky (i.e., caramels, fruit snacks) are more likely to stay attached to the teeth and provide fuel to the harmful bacteria in your child’s mouth.
    • Screen the Halloween treats that your child collects and help them make more tooth-healthy choices to keep.
    • Allow your child to eat the screened treats after returning from trick-or-treating and then consider sending the remaining candy to  to remove the candy from the house.
    • Make sure that you brush your child’s teeth after eating their treats and before they head to bed.
    • Suggested tooth-healthy treats include microwave popcorn and cheese sticks.
    • Remember, non-candy options like stickers, pencils and small trinkets, temporary tattoos and glow-sticks are great alternatives.

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