As your child trick-or-treats from house to house on Halloween night, many do not realize that the candy their children are filling their bags with is also the candy that can fill their smiles with cavities. However, there are some things you can do to protect your child’s smile from Halloween cavities, and those things include:
Brush away the treats
After your child eats their many Halloween treats, it’s essential that they brush and floss the treats away. This will help protect your child’s teeth, especially when the candy gets stuck between the teeth. To make Halloween brushing a little more fun, you can purchase a new toothbrush for your child and put it in their trick-or-treating bag before they leave the house. Make sure you purchase a soft-bristled brush and make sure your child brushes with fluoride toothpaste.
Make a candy plan
Candy plans help keep your child from overloading on treats. Your plan could be:
• Give your child a smaller bag
• Limit the number of houses your child visits
• Hide the candy and have your child slowly eat it throughout time rather than all at once
• Have your child trade their candy for a different reward
Regardless of which plan you choose, make sure your child understands the plan before they set off on their trick-or-treating journey. This will make things easier on Halloween night.
Offer not-so-sweet rewards
Like mentioned earlier, your child can swap their candy for a not-so-sweet reward, like a new toy or a new activity they have wanted to try. This will allow your child to participate in trick-or-treating activities without overloading on Halloween treats.
These are just a few suggestions on how to help your child maintain a strong and healthy smile, especially on Halloween! If you have any questions or if you would like to know more, simply call our office today and talk to our friendly dental team. We are more than happy to help you!