On average, children take home on Halloween trick or treating about 80 to 90 pieces of harmful candy…and they will consume that candy for the following weeks, fusing their teeth with plenty of harmful sugar and acids that lead to tooth decay.
Therefore, the American Dental Association has been thinking to do something about this issue and started a campaign called “Stop Zombie Mouth” – this campaign raises the awareness in both adults and children regarding the harmful effects of candy upon the teeth.
Chewy taffy, hard candies, caramels, mini-chocolates…they are all extremely harmful for the dental health of kids, especially this time of the year.
During the campaign, dentists from all over will start distributing about 1 million trading cards with characters from the popular Plants vs. Zombies video game, and plenty of free coupons for a free edition of the game.
On these cards, kids will find reminder messages regarding the importance of brushing their teeth at least twice a day, and other such healthy dental practices.
Eating so much candy especially during this Halloween period, can easily lead to tooth demineralization thanks to the high sugar content of the candies.
According to several statistics, only abut 40% of the kids brush their teeth regularly, and tooth decay is among the simplest disease to prevent only through brushing regularly and using fluoride content toothpaste.
Some dental protection tips for parents:
-do not allow kids to eat candy throughout the day. Instead, offer them 2-3 pieces of candy after the main meal.
-stay away from sticky candy such as caramel, because this can easily dislodge dental fillings and even milk teeth from their place.
-use the best alternatives for your trick or treat basket- plain chocolate without any fillings, and sugar free gum for the kids who can chew on it and know they are not allowed to swallow it
-make sure to teach your child to drink a glass of water after having sugary treats in order to balance back the natural Ph within the mouth
-brushing of the teeth is important, but not immediately after eating candy, because by brushing immediately the acids and bad sugars will be spread to other teeth as well. Instead, brushing is advisable half an hour after sugar/sweets consumption.