The Monsters of Halloween should not Get Your Teeth
It’s that time of year. The leaves are changing and Halloween will be here before we know it, bringing with it the joy of costumes, scary stories and lots of candy,
Before your children start chomping down on delicious candy and treats, take a moment to read some quick tips from our dental experts. In the United States alone, 1 in 4 children have a least one cavity by age 5. Keeping this in mind, it is possible to keep teeth healthy this Halloween. Simply follow these steps.
- Make sure your child eats a good dinner prior to going out to trick or treat.
- Have your child drink plenty of water. This will rinse their mouth out intermittently and remove the excess sugar from their teeth.
- After trick-or-treating, go through your child’s bag of candy with them. Discuss a reasonable amount of candy to keep on hand. Don’t let children take the candy to their room. Instead, have them pick out 10 to 12 treats they like and let them enjoy two to three treats per day. This teaches reasonable healthy habits.
- Make sure your child’s teeth are brushed thoroughly before going to bed.
- Regular dental visits, generally every six months, are recommended.
Halloween Candy Treats
|Enjoy healthy snacks (e.g. popcorn, apples, carrots or xylitol gum).||Eat hard candy. Tooth decay increases the longer teeth are exposed to sugar.|
|Drink plenty of water. Make sure it is fluoridated.||Eat sticky candy. It clings to teeth and is difficult to wash away.|
|Eat sugary treats after mealtime. Eating treats after dinner will limit the total amount of sugar consumed.||Eat more treats after brushing. Make sure brushing is the last thing you do before bedtime.|
|Brush your teeth. Brush at least twice a day for two minutes or after eating sugary treats.||Deny your children the Halloween experience. Enjoy the fun but do set limits!|
Make this Halloween a much more comfortable one, without the fear of having to visit your dentist for an emergency, or any other kind of unpleasant visit. Follow the simple rules and take care of yourself, and your children.