With Halloween and holidays just around the corner, children can quickly get themselves in a sticky situation. Here are some of our best tips on keeping teeth clean and healthy:
Sticky candy: Keeping candy in your mouth for a long period of time may lead to an increased risk for tooth decay. The stickier candies, the longer it takes to get washed away by saliva.
Chew sugarless gum: Studies show that chewing ADA approved sugarless gum for 20 minutes after meals helps reduce tooth decay, because increased saliva flow helps wash out food and neutralize the acid produced by dental plaque bacteria.
Best times to eat candy: Since saliva production increases during meals and helps cancel out acids produced by bacteria in your mouth and helps rinse away food particles, it would be a better time to eat candy and other sugary foods shortly after mealtime.
In addition, we always recommend our patients to consider sealants for their children. Sealants are a liquid coating that helps prevent tooth decay that could result from non-treated cavities. Sealants are typically covered by most dental insurance policies.