Halloween is one of the best nights of the year for young children. They get to dress up as their favorite cartoon character or superhero and go door to door or attend community events where people give them truckloads of candy just for looking adorable. Halloween is one of the most candy-filled holidays of the year, but it doesn’t have to be a spooky venture when it comes to your children’s oral health. There are ways to let them have some treats without wreaking havoc on their teeth.
Here are a few tips we have put together to help you and your child enjoy the benefits of trick or treating.
Tip 1: While it’s normal and healthy to indulge in a treat from time to time, your child must understand that candy (just like most other things in life) should only be eaten in moderation.
Tip 2: While it’s always important for your child to brush their teeth before bed, it’s imperative after they’ve been eating sugary candy.
Tip 3: Sugary foods that “hide” between teeth are one of the leading causes of tooth decay and cavities in children. At the same time, many people think that flossing is optional and only for adults, that isn’t the case.
Tip 4: Children have short memories, so limiting the amount of candy your child eats on the days following Halloween is an excellent strategy to ensure they consume less in the following weeks.
Here are the worst candy for your child’s teeth and should be avoided:
- Jaw Breakers
- Jolly Ranchers
- Sour Candy
Halloween is only one day, but keeping your child’s teeth healthy is a year-round job. Make sure children brush and floss every day, eat a healthy diet, and limit sugary treats. Regular dental visits every six months with your Temple family dentist, Dr. Prajapati, will help keep your children’s teeth healthy and strong.