For kids, Halloween is the holiday of dressing up, entering spooky mansions, watching spooky episodes of their favorite shows, and most of all, free candy! After a night of trick-or-treating, your kids are going to have a bagful of sugary delights; good for their taste buds, bad for their teeth. So how can you let your children indulge without damaging their teeth and gums? Instill these Halloween dental tips in your little ones as they fill their bellies with Sugar Daddies and Smarties.
1. Eat Candy After Meal
Before your children start stuffing their faces full of candy, ensure they eat dinner beforehand. Eating a full meal increases saliva production, and saliva dilutes some of the acids produced by sugar-feeding bacteria.
2. Limit Hard Candy
Hard candy is the worst of the bunch because it remains in the mouth for an extended length of time. With that in mind, if your children suck on a Blow Pop or butterscotch candy, have them rinse immediately afterwards or chew on a celery stick to encourage saliva flow.
3. Limit Sticky Candy
Sticky candy like Tootsie Rolls and Starburst are notorious for sticking to the corner and crevices of your teeth. That’s plenty of food for bacteria right there. Have your child brush – with or without toothpaste – to remove some of that sticky gunk.
4. Limit Sugary Drinks
Since your kids will be ingesting loads of sugar from the candy, compensate by having them drink water in place of sugary beverages like punch, juice, or soda pop.
Don’t Neglect Regular Dental Visits
Halloween only happens once a year, so by all means let your children enjoy their candy. Just be sure to take the usual precautions. This includes regular brushing and, of course, visits to your family dentist. For your children’s visit this month with our dentists or orthodontists, consider having them meet our dentists while donning their Halloween costumes. This will surly make the visit more interesting for the young ones. Finally, keep in mind that our Halloween dental tips apply year-round and not just after Halloween.
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Edited by Justin Vorhees