As your doorbell rings throughout All Hallow’s Eve, you will smile at kids’ adorable costumes while handing out tasty candy. However, you may worry about all of the candy these kids are receiving that evening, and how the sugars in these sweets will increase their risk for tooth decay. But you can make their evening a little sweeter by handing out treats that won’t cause as much harm to their smile.
Treats To Avoid
All candy will increase a child’s risk for tooth decay, but some candies do so even more:
- Sour Candy: It is high in both sugar and citric acid, which eats away at tooth enamel.
- Sticky Candy: It sticks easily to the teeth, which gives plaque bacteria sugar to produce acid from for a long period of time.
- Hard Candy: It is not meant to be chewed, so if children bite on it, then they may crack or loosen their teeth.
Treats To Give
Even though all candy contributes to tooth decay, some of it isn’t as bad as others:
- Chocolate: It keeps sugar in the mouth for only a short period of time by melting quickly.
- Sugar-Free Gum: It increases saliva flow which neutralizes acids and washes away food particles.
- Peanuts & Pretzels: These tasty snacks are not candy, so they have less sugar in them.
A great alternative to candy is to give away stickers, pencils, bouncy balls, or small toys instead. Children will enjoy these gifts without causing harm to their dental health.