One of the best parts of Halloween is the candy! Halloween candy is synonymous with cavities, especially if you or your children have a fondness for sour and sticky sweets. According to the National Retail Federation and National Confectioners Association, Americans in 2017 are expected to spend a record-breaking $2.7 billion on Halloween candy. About 71 percent of celebrants plan to hand out candy and 31 percent plan to take their children trick-or-treating, statistics show.
UNLV School of Dental Medicine’s Dr. Cody Hughes has a few tips on how to avoid ghoulish consequences, such as your dentist’s disapproving glare, by keeping your dental health in mind while having fun.
Healthy eats before sweets
Eat pieces of your trick-or-treat bounty or any sweets directly after a meal instead of as snacks throughout the day. This will help keep your mouth’s pH level even, which is crucial to preventing cavities.