RANDOLPH, NJ- As Halloween approaches, Pediatric Dental Associates of Randolph would like to remind parents and kids that candy is not all fun and games.

After all the collection and digestion, sugar is left on our teeth. As much fun as it is to collect pounds of delicious treats, please remember the potential harmful side effects caused by the consumption of excessive sugar and processed treats.

Sugar and carbohydrates are also the main food source for the most common bacterial infection in humans: TOOTH DECAY. In addition, too much sugar in our diets can cause diabetes.  

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Follow these important tips to help prevent tooth decay during this sugary season:

  1. Drink lots of water.  Saliva and water help to neutralize the acidity inside the mouth when eating sugar.
  2. Increase brushing and flossing frequencies.  You should be brushing at least twice a day and flossing once a day, but brushing and flossing more frequently will not hurt and will help decrease the risk of decay.
  3. Avoid hard and sticky candy.  Candy that stays in contact with the teeth for longer periods will increase the risk for tooth decay.
  4. Use a Fluoride Mouth Rinse.  Fluoride is an anti-cavity mineral, which has been proven to reduce decay.  Rinses should only be used under parental supervision and with those children who are able to rinse and spit.

Enjoy Halloween and if you have dental questions about your child, please call us at Pediatric Dental Associates of Randolph (973-989-7970).