Trick or Treat

Children have been on the move these past couple of evenings on their trick or treat routes all over Smithsburg, Hagerstown, and Waynesboro gathering pounds and pounds of pure sugar.   What advice can Dr. Nussear offer kids and parents (let’s face it most parents are sneaking into the candy bags when the kiddos slip off to bed)?   First, know what’s in that stash of candy.  There are a few types of candy to be on the look out for.

Beware of some of the scariest treats found in the candy bag! These treats include:  

  • Anything sticky and gummy.  Loading up on candies like Starbursts, Skittles, Airheads and Laffy Taffy are a sure fire way not to qualify for Dr. Nussear’s “no-cavity club” at Smithsburg Family Dentistry.  Candies like these require a lot of extra time for your saliva to digest them, giving the bacteria in your mouth more time to feed off that sugar and ultimately produce acid which will dissolve the enamel on your teeth.

Bad “rap” candies:

  • Chocolate: Believe it or not, chocolate is actually one of the least destructive types of candy found in the trick or treat bag.  Dr. Nussear states that the texture of chocolate typically melts quickly requiring little work from the saliva to carry it away and digest it.
  • Sugarless gum: Not that there’s much of that in your bag but sugarfree gum produces saliva which is your body’s way of fight the acids that cause cavities.

Dr. Nussear suggests that after every meal or treat, have  your kids wait 30 minutes (so their saliva can break down their food) and then floss and brush. If there is no toothbrush available, have them drink a glass of water to dilute the acid in their mouth.  Parents, monitor the consumption of candy and good, healthy brushing and flossing habits of your kids.

Be a part of the “No Cavity Club” on your next visit at Smithsburg Family Dentistry.