This Halloween, children and adults will fill their bags with lots of tasty sugary treats. Sugar filled sweets, sticky toffees and snacking between meals can contribute to dental problems such as decay.

This Halloween :

Choose better treats: Avoid Sticky sweets, including toffee  as they tend to stay in the mouth longer leaving your  mouth bathed in sugar; which contributes to tooth decay. These treats can also chip or crack  teeth. Plain chocolate or sugar free gum are better options. 

Refrain from constant snacking: Saliva helps to remove plaque and to neutralise the acid that leads to tooth decay. Therefore, restrict treats to mealtimes when salvia levels are higher.

Consider what you hand out: Toothbrushes, bottled water, stickers and pencils are just some of the options to hand out as an alternative to candy.

Maintain  regular brushing and flossing regime: Encourage your children to brush twice a day (after breakfast and before bedtime) using an egg timer and to floss at least once a day (preferably before bedtime).

Do not forget to book in for regular check ups and hygiene appointments with your dentist at White Dental & Cosmetic Rooms.