Halloween Candy

Herrin Pediatric Dentistry wants everyone to have a safe and happy Halloween!!   Many patients and parents ask, “What is the best or worst candy to eat?” Unless the candy is sugar-free there really is no tooth healthy candy treat, but some candies are worse than others.

The following is a list of what are the worst candies and why:

1. Sticky Candies (Starbursts, Skittles, Airheads, gummy bears, candy corn, etc.).  They  stick to the teeth long after eating the snack.

2. Sodas. The worst thing to combine with candy is sodas such as Cooca-Cola. Carbonated beverages are acidic which weakens the enamel and also are high in sugar.

3. Bubble Gums (Bubblicious, Bubble Tape, Super Bubble, Etc.) continuously bathe the teeth in sugar while chewing.

4. Suckers and other hard candies. These treats stay in the mouth for an extended period of time increasing the tooth’s exposure to sugar.

 

Dr. Brent knows that you are going to enjoy treats this Halloween; just be wise in your choices! Remember the best thing to do after  sweets is to immediately brush and floss. If you can’t brush, at least try to rinse your mouth out with mouthwash or water. Rinsing will dilute the sugars that are on your teeth.  Happy Halloween!!

 

Why do I come twice a year?

Many people wonder why it is generally recommended to have their children’s teeth cleaned every six months. Research has shown that patients who have regular cleaning or less likely to need dental restorative work. Regular cleanings and exams allow the dentist to evaluate the teeth closely and treat any potential cavities early therefore reducing the time and cost for the patient. This is especially important in children. It oftentimes makes treatment easier for a child to cooperate if less extensive work is needed. Routine cleanings also help the child become more familiar with the dental office and more likely to be comfortable if treatment is ever needed. Six month check-ups also allow the dentist to evaluate more than just the presence of cavities. At every exam, we examine the soft tissues and gum and bone health of the teeth. Herrin Pediatric Dentistry will customize your child’s recall schedule. Some children may actually benefit from more frequent cleanings. An example is a patient with braces that may need extra help with cleaning around brackets. Call for your check-up today!!!