Halloween Candy: Tooth Tips

My dad, the other Dr. Asta, is a dentist in Pennsylvania. He’s so dedicated to healthy teeth that growing up we gave out sugarless gum at our house for Halloween!

The American Dental Association has common sense tips for kids and candy summarized here for crazy, busy parents:

  • Eat candy with meals so saliva can rinse away sugar and neutralize acid
  • Avoid hard, sucking candy that exposes teeth to sugar for a long time
  • Avoid sticky candy that takes longer to wash away
  • Drink more water
  • Eat healthy foods
  • Skip sugary sodas, juices and sports drinks
  • Brush teeth twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste endorsed by the ADA
  • Floss and see your dentist

And as my dad knows: stick to sugarless gum!

Link to the full ADA post here

About Lisa M. Asta, MD

Lisa M. Asta, M.D. is board-certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, for which she is also a Media Representative (she has been interviewed for “Kids Health” on Health Radio, and quoted in Parenting Magazine, USA Today, and the New York Times, among other publications). She is a Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at the University of California at San Francisco and past pediatric chair at John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek. She graduated from Temple University School of Medicine and the Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Asta is also a writer whose fiction has appeared in Inkwell, Philadelphia Stories, Schuylkill, and Zeniada. Her essays have appeared in the Journal of the American Medical Association, Hippocrates, the San Jose Mercury News, and The New Physician Magazine. She is an occasional contributor to KQED public radio’s Perspectives series, and has written articles for Bay Area Parent, Valley Parent, Parents’ Press, and Parents Express, as well as online at WebMD.com, Rx.com, and MyLifePath.com. She wrote a chapter in The Field Guide to the Normal Newborn, ed. Gary Emmet, M.D. BabyCenter.com currently has two how-to videos for parents in production which feature Dr. Asta. For more on Dr. Asta’s writing, visit www.LMAsta.com
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