When it comes to Halloween candy, there’s a common joke that parents proclaim they need to “Take a look at your candy to see if it’s safe” for a much different reason. Because they want to get first pick on some of the best goodies.
Many times, patients assume that dentists hate Halloween. But the truth is that hate is a very strong word. Our dentists serving Garden Grove and the Anaheim area surely aren’t “anti-fun” and Halloween can be seriously spooky fun. With that said – even candy from time to time is acceptable – as long as you’re responsible and careful about it. Unfortunately, many kids just don’t know how to be “responsible” with their sugar intake yet. This is why taking a “first look” at your child’s candy can be much more than just a way to score a few great pieces. In fact, first and foremost – taking a look at your child’s candy to pick out any problem pieces should be one of the first things you do this Halloween. Naturally, the second thing can be eating some of that candy – but do be careful about sticky sweets, and definitely, don’t forget to brush your teeth.
What candy should you look out for?
Hard Candy: It’s no myth when your dentist tells you that chewy candies can wreak havoc on your teeth. This is true for a couple reasons. The first one is that they’re generally enjoyed slowly. Because you suck on hard candy for a long period of time, your teeth are exposed to sugar for a long period of time. On top of this, the fact that their hard can also damage your teeth.
Sour Candy: You might not realize it but the thing about sour candy (and citrus) candy is that it doesn’t just contain a lot of sugar – but it also contains additional acid. Both of these substances can and will actively contribute to decay and cavities.
Chewy Candy: Chewy candy is a tough one – not because it’s actually tough but because it’s sticky. Even after you’ve eaten it, it can stick around for hours creating “hot spots” of sugar and acid on your teeth. Gone un-brushed – it’s no surprise that these spots on your teeth will be much more prone to cavities.
Are your children experiencing toothaches? It could be a cavity. Don’t wait to get dental pain checked out. The sooner a cavity’s treated – the easier (and cheaper too). To learn more, contact our team of pediatric dentists in Garden Grove today.