It’s that time of year when the neighborhood children turn into vampires, ghosts and goblins that are hungry for Halloween snacks. Houses turn haunted for the night and adults gets ready to pass out candy.
However, once the night is over and the creatures are put to bed, sugar turns into plaque that can permanently damage teeth.
This year, Great Expressions Dental Centers wants you to be the neighborhood superhero by knowing these simple facts and following a few simple tips to make your Halloween a safe and healthy one.
FACT: Sticky candies, such as caramel and taffy, increase the chances of broken brackets the day after Halloween.
TIP: To prevent this from happening to your child, or a neighbor, pass out individually-wrapped stringed cheese instead! Cheese is tasty and its calcium and phosphates help neutralize plaque acid, and ultimately reduces cavities. It will also play nice with brackets.
FACT: 73% of kids ages 2 -5 will eat candy on Halloween. The highest consumption rate, however, is among 6 – 8 year olds, 87% of which eat candy on Halloween.
TIP: Avoid letting your trick-or-treaters fill up on sweets. Before sending your little vampire out to trick-or-treat, let them snack on fruits and vegetables. Jack-o Lantern oranges and carrot fingers are fun and festive snacks for your appetizer table.
FACT: Sweets that are chewy and sticky can get stuck between teeth, leading to tooth decay.
TIP: Be sure to run from gummy candy, sour candies, and taffy. Instead pass out sugar-free lollipops and hard candies, sugar-free gum, and dark chocolate.