What could be scarier than a terrifying spirit or a fiendish vampire on Halloween? For most parents, the answer lies in the sugary treats their little ghouls consume.
As Halloween candy is being devoured, the combination of bacteria and food create a clear sticky substance called plaque that can linger in the crevices in-between your childs teeth, causing cavities.
The bacteria feed on the sugars in candy, making acids that attack tooth enamel resulting in tooth decay. If left untreated, tooth decay can cause pain, infection, and even tooth loss.
Treatment for tooth decay depends on the extent of the damage. Slight tooth decay can be treated by using a simple fluoride mouthwash. However, if the tooth decay has created a cavity, your dentist will have to fill it with another substance (fillings).
For more severe tooth decay, you may need a crown or root canal. And in extreme cases, your dentist may have to remove the tooth.
Of course, the easiest way to deal with tooth decay is simply to practice good dental hygiene.
To avoid a ghastly grin and keep your childs teeth healthy, read our Dental Health Tricks for Halloween Treats. They can be summed up to these five tips to prevent cavities during Halloween:
- Take inventory of your childs candy.
- Establish limits to how much candy your child can eat.
- Look for healthy substitutes like sugarless gum.
- Take precautions and visit the dentist prior to Halloween.
- Make sure they brush twice a day and floss often!
Do you have any tips to help keep your kids teeth healthy during Halloween candy season? Share with us in the comments below.