How Your Kids Can Have A Tooth-Friendly Halloween

How To Ensure Your Children Have A Tooth-Friendly Halloween
Posted on 10/29/2018
At Meister Orthodontics in St. Paul, MN, Dr. Meister, and our orthodontic experts, know how difficult it can be to ensure your children have a tooth-friendly Halloween, especially with Trick-or-Treating right around the corner! Nothing says autumn more than visiting your local pumpkin patch, picking out scary costumes, and going door to door to fill jack-o-lanterns full of delicious candy. But unfortunately, some of the delicious treats your children will get Halloween night might Monster Mash their teeth and gums!
Hard Halloween candies and sticky sweets contain enormous amounts of sugar that can cake onto your children’s teeth, making it difficult to properly floss and brush all of that cavity-causing sugar away! Here at Meister Orthodontics, it’s our mission to make sure that you and your children have a spook-tastic Halloween this year, so Dr. Meister and our Twin Cities orthodontic team have compiled a list of tooth-friendly Halloween candy that we guarantee your kids will love, as well as a few tips on when your children should enjoy their sweets!

Halloween Sweet Treats Your Children Can Safely Eat 

Convincing your children to portion out their Halloween goodies can be a challenge, but doing so will make sure that their teeth and gums stay happy and healthy! Straying away from hard candies and lollipops, milk-chocolate candies with easy-to-eat ingredients are the safest of all Halloween treats, regardless if your children have braces or not! Additionally, your little goblins and ghouls will most likely receive fun-sized portions of these chocolate bars, helping them cut back on their sugar intake and chewing time compared to king-sized candy. Some of our favorite chocolatey, yet tooth-friendly sweet treats include:

  • Kit Kats
  • 3 Musketeers
  • Reese's Peanut Butter Cups
  • York Peppermint Patties
  • Junior Mints
  • Hershey Bars
  • Hershey Kisses

  • Spooky Halloween Treats Your Children Should Avoid

    Beware! Some Halloween treats, such as chewy, gooey, hard candies, can get stuck in your children’s teeth or braces. These candies will put your children’s teeth at risk for harmful plaque and cavity-causing bacteria, so you’ll want to make sure they avoid these scary treats as much as possible:

  • Bubblegum
  • Candy Corn
  • Caramel apples, or any other caramel candies
  • Gummy Bears, or any other chewy candies
  • Jawbreakers, or any other hard candies
  • Jelly Beans
  • Licorice
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    When Your Children Should Munch On Their Halloween Candy

    Regardless of how badly your children want to munch on their candy all day long, it’s best for them to enjoy their sweet treats right before eating a healthy snack! About 90% of all foods that contain sugars enable bacteria in dental plaque to produce acids. This bacterial acid can sit on the teeth and gums for 20 minutes or longer! By allowing your children to have a healthy snack after they indulge in their candies, it will help to wash out or brush off the unwanted sugars and bacterial acids in between and around the teeth. Just make sure to limit their candy intake to once-a-day before snack time!

    Get In Touch With Your Twin Cities Orthodontist Today!

    By following these simple tips and tricks, you and your children can have a great Halloween while keeping your festivities tooth-friendly! Above all, no matter what candies your children consume this Halloween, make sure your children practice good oral hygiene by brushing with fluoride toothpaste twice-a-day, flossing once-a-day, and visiting their dental experts at Meister Orthodontics regularly!
    For more information on tooth-friendly Halloween treats, feel free to contact our dental experts today! On behalf of our entire staff at Meister Orthodontics in St. Paul, MN, we hope you and your children have a wonderful Halloween this year!