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Point Edward, ON – After neighbours fill your kid's bag with sweet treats, the trick for parents is to slip a toothbrush and dental floss in with their stash to brush away Halloween's sugary overload.
"Candies are loaded with sugar, and some brands of pop can contain as much as 10 teaspoons of sugar in each can. That is 10 sugar cubes or 40 grams of unneeded extra sugar that provides no nutritional benefit," says Matt Joosse, Health Promoter at Lambton Public Health.
Brushing and flossing twice a day is important every day, but cleaning teeth after consuming handfuls of sweets is especially important.
"Dental cavities are caused by germs that eat sugars left on the surface of teeth," adds Joosse. "The acid the germs produce weakens the structure of teeth, which leads to cavities, and that is not a treat. Make sure they go to bed with extra clean teeth after a full night of trick or treating."
Even though we tend to let children exceed their normal sugar intake with candy, pop and juices on special occasions, like Halloween, limiting sugar consumption from these sources to meal time with healthy foods will help wash away unneeded sugar.
Lambton Public Health offers dental programs to anyone who cannot pay for a child's dental treatment. For more information about FREE dental programs or healthy eating and good oral health, visit www.lambtonhealth.on.ca or call 519-383-8331 or toll free 1-800-667-1839.
For more information about Lambton County, visit www.lambtononline.ca.
County of Lambton
Telephone: 519 383-8331 ext. 3634