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Are Gummy Bears that Stick to Your Child’s Teeth Bad for Them? Best & Worst Candy for Dental Health

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Although most candy is not great for teeth and especially for kid’s teeth because they often lack the skills to keep their teeth clean; there are some times each year that eating candy is virtually inevitable. The fall weather is here and that means that the spooky decorations, costumes and Halloween candy are flowing. Kids get themselves ready and head out for door to door trick or treating. They load up a bag of candy only to get home to sit around and eat it. Limiting the amount of candy is a great way to prevent tooth troubles and choosing the right candy to eat is even better. You also want to be sure that your child knows how to care for their teeth such as proper brushing and flossing as well.

Smile Reef Lists the Best & Worst Candy for Your Child’s Teeth

Hard Candy is Bad for Teeth Enamel: One of the candies that is known to cause trouble for teeth in children are hard candies. They are a great option when people are looking for a treat to pass out. The problem is that the treats are hard and can be in all types of flavors and sizes. They can be attached to a stick like a lollipop of just wrapped singular by themselves. The problem that comes with hard candy is that kids will try and bite them and many times that will end up cracking, chipping and breaking their teeth. The other problem that occurs when the child is eating these hard candies is when they just keep them in their mouth for a long time. The sugar is then allowed to saturate the child’s mouth wearing away tooth enamel.
Chewy Candy that Sticks to Teeth is Bad: A kid favorite just so happens to be treats that are sticky and chewy! They are one of the worst candies you can allow your kids during Halloween. The sticky candy starts to stick on the surfaces of the tooth as well as the cracks and other crevices. Even when you are done with the candy the small bits are still there and that can continue to eat away at your teeth. It also allows bacteria to fester in those same pockets that will potentially lead to decay.
Teeth Sensitive After Eating Sour Candy: Another candy that is harmful to your teeth and the enamel are candies that are sour. It can be any kind of gummy or other candy that is covered with sour flavoring. The biggest problem is the flavoring is often full of acid which is bad for teeth. When your enamel is eaten away your teeth are more likely to have cavities.
Best Candies for Teeth: If you have to pick a candy that is good for your child to eat or best to give out dark chocolate is a great option. The dark chocolate has less sugar than many other types of chocolate and the chocolate is much easier to wash off their teeth. You can also follow up with a candy bar that has lots of nuts in them. The nuts work to break up the sticky candy which is a great follow up treat if you eat the candy that is not great.

Pediatric Teeth Care

No matter what candies you choose, it’s important to have regular check ups and exams. Smile Reef offers expert pediatric dental care including exams and treatment. Contact us to schedule an appointment today.

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Are Canker Sores Contagious? Are They the Same as Cold Sores? How to Prevent & Get Rid of Mouth Ulcers

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Canker sores are just as common in children as they are in adults, if not more so. As a parent, when we see our children in discomfort and pain we want to do all we can to get the problem rectified. But when they approach you with a canker sore in their mouth, many parents are uncertain of treatment. With that in mind, we at Smile Reef would like to discuss canker sores in your children’s mouth.

Are Canker Sores Contagious?

For starters, let us cover the basics of a canker sore. Surrounded by an area of redness, a canker sore is a small white swellings or sores found on the gum line, under the tongue, on the cheeks or lips. Despite popular belief, canker sores are not contagious, though they can often recur. These little nuisances can form minor or small, sometimes large, and now and again, multiple sores will often cluster together. Making eating or drinking unbearable, canker sores can be quite painful, especially to kids.

Causes of Canker Sores

Most medical experts agree it is either a bacterial or viral infection involving the immune system, but it is unclear what actually causes canker sores. Heredity could be a contributing factor as well as being in situations of stress, having a vitamin or iron deficiency, along with trauma, allergies, and being around cigarette smoking. Teens and kids are more susceptible than adults, but as mentioned earlier, everyone is capable of developing a canker sore.

Canker Sores VS Cold Sores

Not to be confused with cold sores that generally emerge on the lips, or outside the mouth and are contagious, painful and derive from the herpes virus; canker sores only appear inside the mouth.

Canker Sore Treatment

Recurrent outbreaks are common, but canker sores generally heal within seven-ten days. They do not require a prescription medication for treatment as they typically heal on their own, but to help minimize the pain a pain reliever is recommended. However, a doctor should be contacted if a canker sore lasts longer than 2 weeks and it has become too painful for your child to eat or drink.

How to Prevent Canker Sores

Below are a few tips to help your child prevent canker sores from reoccurring and to help canker sores be less painful.
1) Avoid frequently eating abrasive foods. Chips, nuts, and other such examples irritate gums and mouth tissue. Ensure your children avoid eating salty snacks when a canker sore is present to avoid undue pain.
2) Avoid foods that induce minor allergies. In addition to allergenic foods, spicy, salty, and acidic foods should also not be consumed while your child is enduring a canker sore breakout. These selections can contribute to irritation that leads to more pain.
3) Ensure your child frequently brushes their teeth and have them use a mouthwash with products that do not contain SLS (sodium lauryl sulfate) if they are prone to canker sores.
4) Try switching to a toothbrush with softer bristles and avoid scrubbing too hard if your child seems to get canker sores on a regular basis.

Pediatric Dental Care

Teaching your child how to minimize the risk of getting a canker sore and how to live through them easier is ideal for you and them. Remind them it won’t last long and don’t forget to offer pain relievers when necessary. To keep your child’s mouth healthy, routine visits to the dentist are a must. We at Smile Reef are readily available to help your child be comfortable at the dentist and to achieve your dental health goals. Call us today to schedule your kid’s next appointments.

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