Just like that, it’s October, which means your kids’ favorite holiday is right around the corner. A time of trick or treating, costumes, and of course, sweets—what’s not to like about Halloween? Well, this sugary season can have a significant effect on your child’s oral health, which is why it’s vital to monitor the treats they’re eating before, on, and after October 31st. Read on to learn some tips on how to keep spooky cavities out of your children’s mouth while also having a blast this Halloween from an expert dentist.
Not All Candy is Created Equal
Did you know that some candies are better for your teeth than others? This Halloween, you should watch the types of candy that your kids are eating. Gummies, caramel, hard candy, sour candy, and bubble gum are all examples of sweets that stay in contact with your teeth for long periods of time, getting stuck in nooks and crannies that are hard to clean. This increases your children’s risk of cavities, decay, and gum disease because it’s giving plaque and bacteria an opportunity to create acid that eats away at enamel.
Instead, try to direct your kids to treats like dark chocolate and sugar free gum. Even regular milk chocolate is better than sticky or hard candies because it can wash away much easier. This is a great way of giving your kids yummy sweets without putting them at risk of issues like decay.
Tips for a Happy and Healthy Halloween
Besides the kinds of candy that you allow your children to get their hands on, you can also help keep their smiles healthy and free of cavities by following these easy tips:
- Moderation: Treats are called treats for a reason, which is why you should watch how frequently your kids are eating candy.
- Halloween security: Be some type of Halloween TSA by screening the candy your kids bring back to your house. This not only makes sure they haven’t collected anything unsafe, but it also gives you an opportunity to remove any extra sticky, sour, or hard candies from their stash.
- Pick their favorites: Allow your children to pick out some of their favorite sweets and then donate the rest to a food shelter to avoid overeating while supporting a good cause.
- Brushing: Be sure to brush and flossing your child’s teeth regularly, especially after eating candy.
- Substitutes: Cheese sticks and regular popcorn are great “treats” that you can give your kids in place of sugary snacks.
- Festive alternatives: Who said you have to give your kids candy for Halloween? Instead, try stickers, small trinkets, or glow sticks.
Are you ready to help protect your kids’ smiles? Use these simple tips to help your kids have a happy and healthy Halloween.
Meet the Dentist
Dr. Melanie White treats patients of all ages, which is why she wants you to know some important ways to keep your children healthy during this season of sugar. She offers children’s dentistry services like sealants and fluoride to provide extra protection for little smiles. If you have any questions, she can be reached through her website or by phone at (608) 882-4860.