With Halloween less than a week away, you may want to use this weekend to stock up on candy to give away to all of the adorable neighborhood children. This tradition may not be for everyone, but many people get a big kick out of all of the kids in costumes, and the opportunity to offer them a sweet treat to enjoy. There are those of us, however, who may feel a little guilty about the dental downfalls we may also be handing out with our good intentions. Fort Worth dentist, Dr. Bob Jing has some recommendations for Halloween giving that shouldn’t send your neighbors into the throes of tooth decay.
Think Twice about These Options
Candy isn’t a complete villain. According to the Academy of General Dentistry(AGD) there are some better choices in candy consumption than others. Among the worst options for little teeth are gummy candies, or anything chewy (such as candy corn, taffy, and licorice). Unless you diligently brush and floss your child’s teeth with your own hands (something they’re going to obviously resist after a certain age) your child probably won’t be able to clean out all of that sticky debris hanging out in the cracks and crevices of their pearly whites. Sour candies are also bad for teeth with their acid content. Sour gummies are a double whammy.
Consider these Options
On the good side of treats are many great sugar-free options now available. If you don’t want to be considered the Halloween version of Scrooge in your neighborhood you might consider multiple options. Sugarless lollipops, gum, and other treats taste just as good to some people, though others much prefer the “real” thing. How about offering dark chocolate as another option? Jam packed with antioxidants and theobromine, dark chocolate has benefits for your teeth and much less sugar than other forms of chocolate. Another alternative to sugary candy is small trinkets and toys which provide joy to kids without a single gram of sugar.
Consult with your Fort Worth General Dentist
At 7 Day Dental Center, Dr. Bob Jing and our team of dental professionals offer convenience, comfort, and the latest in quality family dentistry. With a focus on patient education and access to advanced dental technology, we can help you achieve a brighter, healthier smile. To schedule an appointment, call our office at (817) 405-2001. We proudly service the residents of Fort Worth, Haltom City, Sansom Park, White Settlement, and surrounding communities.