Kids love Halloween. What’s not to love about the costumes, the weather, and the candy? It’s a fun night for your children to dress up as their favorite superhero, T.V. show character, or princess. Even though kids may thrive for that one day each year, parents may fear that the fun day may lead to months worth of cavities and other dental problems.
It’s important to worry about and to keep up with your child’s dental health. Children who have poor oral health are 3 times more likely to miss school days because of issues with their teeth. Fortunately, there are ways for parents to still allow their children to indulge in the holiday without having to miss school to sit in the dentist’s office for hours on end.
There are so many types of candy that your child may receive in their basket. Each piece has pros while others have cons. Let’s take a look at a few of them.
It’s obvious that sour candies have some sort of acid in them which gives them their desired taste. They may taste delicious, yet they are so bad for your teeth. The acidity in the candy works to erode your teeth. Along with that, there’s also a ton of sugar in each piece, which is used to balance out the tart taste. It might taste great, but it’s best to limit your child’s exposure to this type of candy. Everything in moderation, after all!
Believe it or not, gum can actually be good for your teeth. The constant chewing that you have to do stimulates saliva, which helps clear any food away in your mouth. However, sugar-free gum is always a better option than gum that is full of sugar. Chewing may strengthen your child’s jaw, but that’s all for naught if their teeth are getting destroyed by sugary treats.
If you are trying to manage your child’s Halloween candy intake, there are options out there for you that will allow your child to not eat candy at all, and be okay with doing so. According to the Chicago Tribune , some dentist offices will offer a buyback program. They will offer the child something non-food like and inexpensive in exchange for the candy they received while out trick-or-treating. The dentists may even offer your child $1 per pound of candy.
If you have kids, you know they love Halloween. As a parent, the holiday can be a little worrisome regarding your child’s dental health. However, it is okay for your children to eat the Halloween candy they desire without you having to worry about the road of poor dental health.