With Halloween around the corner, many children are looking forward to receiving bags of sweets. Although Halloween is enjoyable, having a plan in place can prevent it from impacting your child’s oral health.
Eating Sweets at the Right Time
The best time for your child to eat their Halloween sweets is as part of a main meal. During this time, saliva production increases, helping to wash away sugary particles. Also, saliva helps to control pH levels in the mouth, preventing excessive acidity.
Choose the Right Sweets
One of the best sweets to eat is chocolate because it melts easily and is more quickly washed away by saliva. In contrast, hard or sticky sweets can stay around for a long time. The longer the sweets stay in the mouth, the greater the risk of tooth decay.
Donate the Excess
If your child receives a lot of Halloween sweets, ask them to pick their favourites and donate the rest.
After your child finishes their sweets, get them to drink plenty of water. Ensure they wait at least half an hour before brushing their teeth so acidity levels in the mouth can return to normal. Make sure they remember to floss once a day, especially after eating sticky sweets.