It’s that time of year when teenie-tiny ghosts, witches and zombies roam our streets looking for sweet treats. A COVID-Safe Halloween might look a little different this year but with all the lollies and sweets being shared the risk of tooth decay is still frighteningly high. To help you take care of your little monster we’ve put together five shockingly easy dental tips and tricks to make sure these sugary treats aren’t the scariest part of this Halloween.
Double, double toil and trouble; we're really sorry to burst your bubble... butttt lollies and sweets pose the greatest risk to our teeth during Halloween. These sweet treats are high in sugar. A higher intake of sugar, even just for one night, can increase our chances of tooth decay. Whilst the high level of sugar intake isn’t ideal, choosing your treats wisely can help reduce this risk.
Certain lollies and sweets are actually worse for your teeth than others. Try avoiding sticky lollies and hard candies such as toffee, caramels and lollipops. These types of lollies expose our teeth to sugars for a longer period of time increasing the chances of decay. Sour lollies are also a concern as the citric acids used to intensify the sourness can cause damage to our teeth.
After trick or treating, consider sorting out your children’s (or your) lolly haul and discarding the hard or sticky sweets. It’s hard to resist temptation but it’s also important to limit the number of lollies consumed in a single sitting.