Children love candy and they love Halloween. But, New Hampshire parents tend to worry about tooth decay from all that free candy. Why not, after all candy is mostly sugar, and the bacteria that causes tooth decay loves sugar. New Hampshire Dental Society wants to help New Hampshire parents when their kids come in with full jack o’ lanterns, and has issued these guidelines to help make Halloween fun, and keep their kids’ teeth healthy.
Kids teeth at Halloween.
1. Limit consumption to one or two pieces at time.
2. Brush teeth after each treat.
3. Stay away from sticky candies; they are harmful to teeth. - So avoid taffy, the caramels, the gummy bears, anything that is sticky.
4. Chew sugar-free gum to cut down sweet intake. Ingredients like Xylitol and Sorbitol, low calorie sweeteners found in some gum, can actually be beneficial to your oral health. Get advice from your dentist on the frequency.
The New Hampshire Dental Society is the professional association of dentists in New Hampshire. The Society speaks for dentistry on the state level on legislative, regulatory and dental issues involving the public.www.NHDS.org