18 Oct Halloween Can Be Scary for Your Child’s Teeth!
The team of amazing dental hygienists and top dentists at Boynton Beach’s HAB Dental love Halloween as much as the next guy. We’re not going to tell you that your child shouldn’t enjoy the chance to dress up and go trick or treating. What Dr. Rosemary Baghdassarian, D.D.S., our Boynton Beach dentist, will tell you is to enjoy the holiday’s sweeter traditions in moderation.
Whether you are planning to take your kids trick or treating in your neighborhood or at one of the many organized activities in Boynton Beach, Delray Beach, Boca Raton and other communities in our area, you need to be on the lookout for the scary Mouth Monsters!
“Don’t be tricked, choosing the right treats may help your children steer clear of the Mouth Monsters (also known as tooth decay)—Ginger Bite-Us, Tartar the Terrible and Tooth D.K.,” the experts at the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), the leading authority on children’s oral health, caution. “Dark chocolates and sugar-free gum are better for the teeth compared to gummies, caramel, sour candy or bubble gum, because they are less likely to get stuck in the grooves and crevices of the teeth.”
As AAPD President Dr. James Nickman explains, your goal should be to provide more “tooth-friendly” treats for your kids and any other ghosts, goblins, superheroes or cowgirls who come knocking on your door! “Moderation is the primary goal,” according to Dr. Nickman. “Treats are called treats for a reason. They should not be consumed on a daily basis.”
- Look for treats that aren’t sticky, like chocolates. The faster the candy leaves your child’s mouth, the more tooth-friendly it is.
- Make sure your children brush their teeth after eating their treats and before they head to bed.
- Consider tooth-healthy alternatives like microwave popcorn, stickers, temporary tattoos and glow-sticks.
For more healthy Halloween tips, contact the Boynton Beach dentists at HAB Dental in Boynton Beach, Florida.