Trick Or Treat – Limit The Sugar Damage
October 28, 2010
With Halloween fast approaching and the increase in the appeal of trick or treat in this country put some thought into the damage you could be causing the young tricksters and go for treats that are less harmful to their teeth.
The worst type of sweets are those that stick to the teeth like caramels and toffee. They are almost impossible to remove without brushing and flossing and the sugar in them feeds bacteria which causes tooth decay. As far as sour sweets are concerned you are actually better off NOT brushing straight away because this will scrub the acid they contain into your teeth. Have a drink of water and rinse around the mouth first.
The best option (other than a sugar free gum) is chocolate, but of course it still contains sugar so is best kept to a minimum. So try to limit the damage by offering small treats and steering away from the sticky and sour varieties.