It's Halloween. Parents keep apologizing to me about their kid’s fondness for candy. Everyone thinks dentists are against all candy all the time. Well, let me just say, let the kids have their candy. My kids eat quite a bit around this time of year. All you need to do is use a little common sense. First, avoid the really hard candies; those really can break your teeth, braces or fillings. I've even seen a hard sucker pull off a crown. Second, brush and floss right after you eat the candy. It's not always the quantity of sweets, but how long they stay around. Sugars are the food for the bacteria that cause tooth decay. A cracker that sticks between your teeth and stays there all day and breaks down into sugars is much worse than one sweet that dissolves right away. Of course, a long-term sugar habit is not good for overall health either. Sugarless chewing gum is actually helpful in preventing tooth decay.
So, eat the sweets (but not too much or you will have some grumpy kids later in the day), then brush and floss. Hey, is that a Milky Way bar over there?