Halloween, Sugar, and Your Child’s Dental Health

posted by Dr. James G. Hood
Monday, October 25, 2010

Yes, Halloween is rapidly approaching and parents often avoid talking about the amount of sweets consumed during this holiday period.

Limit the amount of time in which teeth are exposed to sugar without being cleaned.  I often tell parents that, if a child has 3 gallons of candy, the best way for a child to consume that amount is to sit and eat it all in 5 minutes and then brush his/her teeth.  Obviously, this is a bit extreme, but the idea is to avoid long and multiple exposures to sugars and the lactic acid which bacteria create as de-mineralizing agents to teeth.  To sit and suck on hard candy all day or to bathe your teeth – one sip at a time – to the carbonic and phosphoric acids in soda is the worst way (for teeth) to be exposed to sweets.  The trick to eating treats is few short exposures.

Happy Halloween!

Trick or Treat!

Dr. James G. Hood

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