It’s that time of year again, when little ghosts, goblins and witches roam the streets of McKinney knocking on doors and asking for treats. It also means that it’s a great time to schedule a post-Halloween cleaning for your little one’s teeth after all the spooky celebrations. At McKinney Smiles, your McKinney dentist of choice, we want to make sure that kids of all ages have healthy teeth that won’t slow them down from enjoying all the things they love. And we know that good dental hygiene starts with an exam and cleaning, so Dr. Paul and his helpful team check and make sure the small problems stay small and don’t grow into large and expensive dental issues.
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Some Better Choices for Teeth This Halloween
As chocolate will melt in your mouth very fast and does not linger about, like some sticky or chewy candies, it actually is a fairly good choice for Halloween. Most chocolate also contains calcium which can help make teeth stronger, as well. Keeping the portion size small by encouraging choosing those smaller chocolate bars, will also mean less sugar in your kids mouth!
Sugar Free Treats
Some treats like lollipops and gum are sugar free, which means they contain Xylitol, which has been shown to help teeth health. Sugar free gum also helps stimulate saliva which can help fight germs and prevent bacteria from growing on teeth. In fact, the ADA recommends sugar free gum as a good alternative for kids around Halloween time.
Filling Them Up!
A final great trick for parents to remember on Halloween is to make sure to feed children well before they head out the door. Kids with full stomachs are much less likely to overindulge on their pile of collected treats before they get home where you can help monitor their intake. Making a solid plan with your child about their candy, and some rules around when they can eat their sweets, also will help limit the effect on their dental health.
If you have any questions about candy and your child’s teeth please give us a call today.