Don’t Let Halloween Ruin Your Child’s Teeth

As Halloween approaches, children’s views and perceptions were measured by experts and revealed that kids agree that they eat too much candy and would actually prefer to receive a gift like a video game, instead.

A new questionnaire, conducted by the American Dental Association and PopCap Games, targeted trick-or-treating aged children (5 to 13 years) in the U.S., inquiring about their views on Halloween.

The researchers found that around 94 percent of all American children participate in trick-or-treating, and 65 percent of them think Halloween is the best holiday of the year. However, the survey also found that a vast majority of kids are ready for changes regarding the holiday.

The most-liked Halloween activities are “trick-or treating” (75 percent), “Dressing up in a costume” (71 percent), and “Getting lots of candy”(66 percent).

More Health-Conscious Kids?

Over three quarters of children surveyed (78 percent) agreed with the statement “too much candy is bad for me”, and two-thirds (67 percent) report they eat too much candy near Halloween. Out of the children who were questioned, girls (82 percent) were slightly more likely to respond favorably than boys (74 percent) to the statement: “too much candy is bad for me”.

Sugary candy can lead to tooth decay, but following these simple Preventative measures can help you and your children have a fun Halloween without ruining their teeth in the process.

  1. Don’t let your kids binge on Halloween candy all night. Moderation even on Halloween is important.
  2. Monitor that your children are brushing their teeth three times a day.
  3. Make sure that your children use dental flossers and an age-appropriate mouthwash every evening.
  4. Avoid or limit candy such as caramels, candy corn, jelly beans, and taffy. These particular candies are extra sticky, making it hard for saliva to wash away the sugar.
  5. Give your kids sugar free gum to chew. Not only does sugar-free gum help prevent cavities, it also helps neutralize the effects of sugar from the candy. Therefore, it combats the bacteria in plaque that causes cavities.

The fact that most children have a healthier attitude towards Halloween treats, is a great reason to emphasize good oral hygiene and using moderation.  So your kids can have a fun and safe Halloween and still enjoy the candy!

Schedule a Cleaning after the holiday, Contact J.C. Duncan Family Dentistry:

103 Commerce Center Drive Suite 101
Huntersville, NC 28078
(704) 948-1300

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