It’s almost that time of year again, when children go around dressed in imaginative costumes, demanding candy from neighbors for Halloween. The last thing you would want is for your kids to get cavities because they ate too many sweets and slacked off on brushing and flossing their teeth.
We’d like to take this opportunity to provide a Halloween dental reminder to all of our patients. Here are some tricks you can try to get your kids on track for improved oral health.
Halloween Is a Great Time to Teach Kids to Combat Tooth Decay
After Halloween dentist offices’ phones are often ringing off the hook with parents needing to get their kids’ teeth cleaned, as they realize just how many sticky, sugary treats their offspring have managed to consume!
- Pre-educate your kids on flossing prior to Halloween: Lead by example, making a point to floss daily, to reinforce that they should floss diligently after the holiday too.
- Keep a supply of healthy treats as an alternative to sweets, such as apples, raisins and nuts.
- Set limits: Instruct your kids to collect candy but not to eat any as they go out trick-or-treating. Then, back at home, they can pick out just a few treats to eat that night and a couple of more for the next day or so. Candy should be an occasional treat and not something eaten on a regular basis, after all!
Give it away: Donate excess candies after Halloween to decrease consumption. A great way to do this is by sending chocolates and other sweets to support our troops.
We recommend that you participate in the Soldiers’ Angels Treats for Troops Program. They will ship donated candy to service members stationed all over the world as well as to veterans being treated in VA hospitals in the states.
How Long Has it Been Since Your Kids Saw the Dentist?
The big sack of Halloween candy that your kids want to feast on is just one of the many holiday season temptations that can lead to tooth decay. If it’s been more than 6 months since your child’s last visit to the dentist, now would be a perfect time to come in for a cleaning. To set an appointment, please connect with A Dental Care today.