Halloween: perhaps the 2nd-most wonderful time of year for many kids. They can plan out their costumes, get into the spooky spirit and go door-to-door trick or treating. They also collect tons of sugary candy, which they eat with abandon. The trouble with that is that so much candy can take a toll on your kids’ pearly whites! With Halloween having just come and gone, it’s a great time to start thinking about your kids’ dental health! A post-Halloween dental check-up is the best preventative measure for preventing tooth decay and issues with your kids’ teeth.
There are other ways to lessen the impact sugary treats can have during Halloween. Check out these tips for keeping tooth decay away during the spookiest time of year.
Tooth Health Tip #1: Perfect Timing
Make sure that your kids eat Halloween candy with meals or after mealtime. That’s when saliva production increases! Extra saliva can help cancel out acids produced by bacteria in your mouth and also help rinse away sugar and food particles.
Tooth Health Tip #2: Choose Candy Carefully
Take a look through your kids’ Halloween candy to make sure there are any dangerous treats in there, like hard candies that can stick to their teeth. The length of time sugar is in your mouth can play a big role in tooth decay, so it’s better to stick with small candies they can be chewed quickly.
Tooth Health Tip #3: Don’t Forget About Other Snacks
Snacking can increase the risk of your kids’ getting cavities so try not to let them snack on Halloween candy all day long. Intersperse them with other snacks, such as fruit and sugar-free snacks that you keep around the house.
Tooth Health Tip #4: Drink More Water
Make sure that your kids drink extra water if they are going to be snacking on candy. Fluoridated water can help prevent tooth decay and keep their teeth strong and healthy.
Tooth Health Tip #5: Plan a Dental Checkup
Know your kids are going to be indulging in sugary treats more than usual? Halloween is a good time to plan their next dental checkup. Your dentist can provide a thorough cleaning that will help prevent cavities and other problems from occurring. Ready to schedule your kids’ next visit?
Call Patriot Family Dental to schedule a routine dental checkup right away!
Following these quick tips and staying on top of your child’s dental hygiene will help ensure that their teeth stay in great shape through the Halloween holiday!