Mommy Monday: Halloween Candy and Baby Teeth

Lynchburg, VA - Our little ghosts, goblins, super heroes and princesses will take to the streets this week bringing home a bag full of candy.

It's the kind of night that is really scary for dentists - worried about all that sugar.{} Here's a little advice about keeping your child's teeth healthy while still enjoying the holiday:

McKinley Sale, 9, has been going to the dentist since she was 2 years old, according to her mom Angela.

"She had a couple of spots of decay so we've had to watch her close," Sale said.

That means a trip to the dentist every six months, and her mom has to be careful about what goes in her mouth.

"I have four children and my other three never had those problems," Sale said. "She's had the same sort of diet but she is more susceptible to the decay."

Dentist Annie Libbey says baby teeth in general decay faster.

"Baby teeth have thinner enamel; the decay can proceed a lot more quickly on baby teeth.{} It is really not good to be eating a lot of sugar," Libbey said.

With all of the Halloween candy piling up this time of year Libbey tries to talk to her patients and their parents about what we should really be afraid of this Halloween.

"Dental decay is really on the rise in our littlest patients and it doesn't have to be that way," Libbey said.

From trading cards warning about Zombie Mouth to a candy buyback program, Libbey looks at this holiday as an opportunity to educate.

"Sugar in many forms, juice in a sippy cup, milk in a sippy cup, all of that can damage those baby teeth," Libbey explained.{} "We can make that disappear with proper oral hygiene, limiting sugars and fluoride exposure on those baby teeth but our diet at this point in time is really rough on baby's teeth."

That's why the Sales plan on cashing in this year's Halloween haul at the dentist office.

"I think that we are going to try to come over and sell some of our candy back," Sale said.

The candy buy back at Libbey Family Dentistry is on November 6 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at 206 Enterprise Drive in Lynchburg.{} Most children do not have school due to the election.{} Your child can get $1 per pound of candy.

The treats are sent to Operation Gratitude who put together care packages for our troops overseas.

If you need any more information call (434) 316-9090.