Halloween is just around the corner with trick or treating now a favourite for the all young ones. This means one thing- sugar!!!!
Now we hate to be spoil sports but copious amounts of sugar is not a good thing. Not only will this create hyper children (all parents will know the after effects of a sugar rush) but is also a recipe for tooth decay.
Here are our tips for preventing tooth decay on Halloween:
- Eat the ghoulish treats in one go rather than spread out over a few hours. This will limit the pending acid attack to one session and allows the natural buffering effect of saliva to be more effective.
- After the monster feast, use some child mouthwash to start the fight back with fluoride
- Do not brush their teeth straight away, allow natural buffering and then brush last thing at night as usual
- Never rinse after brushing- this will remove the effectiveness of fluoride
- Try to limit the scare raising sugary delights until after a main mean- we know this could be a thankless task but try!
Halloween is fun and excess every now and then is OK. Obviously, we do not advocate this on a regular basis! This will lead to sure fire dental treatment in the future which could be hellish for some- you have been warned!!!
Happy Halloween from Progressive Dentistry.