It’s ok to enjoy lollies on Halloween but have them after dinner: Dentists
Halloween is becoming increasingly popular with Australians. With 2017 Halloween just a week away, the Australian Dental Association (ADA) would like to reassure parents and children that so long as all year-round good dental hygiene habits are kept up, a night of trick or treating is unlikely to result in dental decay.
“The best form of protection for your teeth is good dental hygiene habits throughout the year. So long as you and your children are brushing twice a day (including flossing before bed), and have a balanced diet made up of fresh foods such as vegetables, cheese and lean meats, there’s no harm in having the occasional trick or treat when it comes to your dental health. Halloween is no exception”.
Professor David Manton,
Chairman of the ADA’s Oral Health Committee
Regardless of whether it is Halloween or any other day, the following tips can also help minimise sugar related acid attacks on teeth:
- Avoid ‘grazing’ or snacking on sugary treats and sipping soft drinks over a long period of time;
- Eat lollies after dinner to neutralise sugary acids;
- Rinse your mouth with water after eating anything sugary;
- Chew sugar free gum to stimulate saliva, which can neutralize the acid attacks;
- Check the nutritional information of snacks that are marketed as ‘healthy’ – many foods contain high levels of sugar. Examples of these include dried fruit, biscuits (sweet and savoury), fruit juice, muesli bars, crackers, cereals, flavoured milk, sweetened yoghurt, fruit bars, fruit slice, flavoured popcorn, canned fruit, baked goods and banana bread;
- Provide children with alternatives such as inexpensive toys and trinkets – there are many other ways to have fun on Halloween instead of sweets. Use Halloween this year as an opportunity to be creative.