Halloween cavities come with the many treats your child fills their trick-or-treating bag with. However, there are three things you can do to help your little ghoul or ghost maintain a strong and healthy smile all while making many Halloween memories, and those things include:
Brush the treats away
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.
Create a candy plan
Candy plans are important when it comes to avoiding Halloween cavities. These plans can keep your child from overloading on the treats. There are different plans you can create for your child, and some suggestions include:
• Limit the number of houses your child visits
• Give your child a smaller bag
• Hide the candy and allow your child to slowly eat it throughout time
• Have your child trade their candy for a different reward
No matter which plan you decide to use, make sure your child knows the plan from the get-go. This will help your child understand the reasons for the limitations.
Offer a not-so-sweet reward
Have your child trade their candy for a not-so-sweet reward. This reward could be a toy they have wanted for some time or maybe an activity they have wanted to try. These candy swaps are great ways to experience the fun trick-or-treating activity without overloading on candy.
Halloween is a scary time, especially because of the tooth decay that haunts your smile, but if you do these things, your child will have the best chance at maintaining their oral health. We care about you, your child, and your smiles, and we encourage you to do everything you can to prevent Halloween cavities. If you would like more tips or if you would like to learn more, call our office today! We are more than happy to give you the information you need to have a strong, beautiful, and healthy smile on Halloween night.