October 27, 2015
Halloween doesn't have to be a nightmare for your children's teeth. Trick or treaters will come home with a seemingly endless supply of candy, but parents can take steps to manage the deluge of sugary snacks.
While all sugar is bad for teeth, certain kinds of candies can be more damaging than others. Caramels, taffy and similar candies are the worst perpetrators because they spend a prolonged amount of time stuck to teeth. On the other hand, chocolate dissolves quickly and lessens the amount of time sugar stays in contact with teeth.
Ultimately, the best thing a parent can do is keep an eye on their kids' consumption of candy this Halloween. Don't let them graze on sweets all day — let them pick their favorites and set a time each day (preferably with or right after meals) for them to enjoy their treats. And make sure they rinse their mouths with water afterwards!
Why not use the holiday as a reminder to make an appointment for your child's next visit to the dentist? University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry offers two clinics in San Francisco that serve the oral health needs of children.
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