Best and Worst Holiday Treats For Your Kid’s Teeth

The end of October begins a two-month binge of holiday treats and sweets for families all over the U.S. It begins with the Halloween trick-or-treat haul and segues into Thanksgiving and all the ooey, gooey, delicious desserts.

Then, just about the time the pecan pie is a fond memory, here come the winter holidays. Classroom parties, social gatherings, and your own family traditions all bring untold treats, which can wreak havoc on kids’ dental health.

Here at Kenosha Breeze Family Dental, we understand that kids are going to be kids. Provided that their overall health is fine, much of the adverse effects of holiday treats can be controlled through proper dental care, including regular check-ups.

Dr. Dennis J. Carlile provides dental services to families in and around Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. Dr. Carlile’s compassionate and caring nature makes him the ideal dental care provider for you and your children.

You can hardly deny your children the opportunity for treats during this 60-day-plus confection binge, but you can control some of the treats they enjoy. While it would be so delightful for your little costumed cutie to trade in their pumpkin full of processed sugar treats for, say, a basket of apples or a tray of delicious carrots and celery, let’s not be unrealistic.

Better to know ahead of time which treats are acceptable and which ones are more apt to cause cavities.

The worst holiday treats for your kids’ teeth

No candy is really good for your child’s teeth, but enjoyed in moderation, with post-treat brushing and flossing, some candies and treats are better than others. Let’s begin by taking a look at the worst treats for your kid’s teeth.

Sour candies

You know the ones; they can bring you to tears and make your ears ring, but for whatever reason, kids love these ultra-sour candies. Their tooth enamel? Not so much. Try to weed out the ultra sour candies from your children’s Halloween stash. They may be trendy, but they are at the top of the list for worst holiday treats.

Chewy and sticky

Super sticky, chewy candies stick to the teeth and can get wedged between teeth. It’s not easy to remove the sticky substances from your child’s teeth, even with floss. Bypass the taffy, caramel, and other chewy, sticky candies.

Hard candy

This is a bit of a no-brainer. When your kid chomps down on a piece of hard candy, they can easily crack or break a tooth. Leave the candy canes on the tree and find a better treat for your little one. And go easy on the homemade peanut brittle, too.

The better choice for holiday treats

Chocolate

Isn’t this good news? When it comes to treats, chocolate is your best bet. Plain chocolate doesn’t stick to teeth like other candies. Dark chocolate has plenty of proven health benefits and has less sugar than its milky brother. This is also a great opportunity to teach your kids the importance of sharing — with Mom and Dad!

Sugar-free gum

Chewing gum and bubble gum that don’t contain sugar is a reasonable indulgence for your child. Lollipops and other sugar-free candies are fine as well; just try to limit the use of sugar substitutes. Go for the all natural kind.

Safety measures

Control the amount of treats your kids have over the holidays for their dental, and overall, health. Make sure your child brushes and flosses immediately after treat time, and especially before bed. You don’t want to be the bad guy here, but enforcing moderation is key.

Let them indulge, but stress dental health, too

As long as the Earth continues to turn, kids are going to enjoy their holiday treats. Would you  have it any other way? Think about how your eyes lit up at the prospect of a chocolate bar, or Grandma’s sugar cookies, and the memories of holidays and holiday treats-gone-by. You’re making memories for your own children.

Instead of stressing yourself and your child out over the next few months, let them enjoy their treats in moderation and make sure to weed out those that are the likeliest to damage their teeth.

Schedule a check-up with Dr. Carlile to make sure you’re on track with healthy dental hygiene. Use your visit as a way to remind your kids of the importance of taking care of their teeth and avoiding those treats that can promote tooth decay.

Contact Kenosha Breeze Family Dental today to schedule your family’s holiday dental check-up.

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