Halloween is a fun time of year for kids, but it is the scariest holiday for dentists. It’s not because of the skeletons, spiders, and ghouls, though. Instead, it is because of the candy that children eat and the damage sugar can do to their teeth! Consumption of sweet foods, like candy, is definitely linked to poor dental health.

Here is a quick science lesson that you can share with your children: The bacteria that form plaque on teeth eat sugar, which can come from candy or any other type of sweet or starchy food. These bacteria also produce acid that eats away at enamel. Over time, the enamel can get weak spots that lead to tooth decay.

As a parent, you want to understand the effect of candy on dental health and to train your children in wise habits. You don’t have to ban candy from your house or forbid your children from eating it. However, you should set basic guidelines and help your children take care of their teeth.

These tips  can help protect your children’s teeth while they enjoy candy in moderation.