It started out like any other morning, but being Halloween … the patient line up was a bit challenging!
The vampire with the broken fang was an issue. Can’t use the overhead dental light, no reflection in the mouth mirror and if he’s drinking diabetics’ blood is there a risk of getting decay?
How do you tell the wolfman that his pup, i.e. son has a bull dog’s chin and needs braces?
Oral hygiene instruction with the zombies was interesting….
On a more serious note let’s discuss Halloween candy. First, always check the treats for unpleasant tricks to ensure they are safe to eat. Then do you let the kids eat it in a binge? Do you space it out? With meals only or anytime?
The sugar rush is one issue, but from a dental health perspective there are two lines of thought.
One side argues that every time you eat some form of sugar the plaque bacteria also feed and have at least a half an hour of acid production which can lead to cavities.
So if the kids are eating their haul rationed out over a longer period of time the risk of decay increases. Realistically, unless you are quite strict, the kids are going to eat their candy when they can rather than at meals. (Good luck monitoring their eating habits at school.)
The other side argues that if they binge – in a controlled fashion or not, they are limiting the acid exposure of their teeth. So there is less of a decay risk.
Ultimately, you must give your children guidance about how they can eat their treats. The most important factor, regardless of which method you allow for candy consumption, is to brush and floss afterwards.
So go with the Spirit of Halloween, check treats for risks, be safe and enjoy!
Happy Trick or Treating!