As Halloween creeps closer, the cavities do as well. However, there are things you can do to help your child prevent Halloween tooth decay. If you wish to help your child fight the cavities the Halloween treats provide, we strongly recommend that you do the following:
Brush away the sugar
Make sure your child brushes their teeth after they have eaten one or more pieces of their Halloween candy. It is also important to have them floss. That way the candy that gets stuck between their teeth will be removed. To make things a little more fun, you can purchase a new soft-bristled toothbrush and you can put it in your child’s trick-or-treating bag before they walk out the door. This will remind them to brush their teeth as they search through their candy when the night is over.
Make 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
Instead of your child filling their mouth with large amounts of sugar, you can offer a not-so-sweet reward for their candy. This candy swap can allow your child to experience the fun trick-or-treating festivities all while preventing tooth decay. Some not-so-sweet rewards you can offer are new toys your child wants or a new activity your child wants to try. However, you can also extend the swap for a longer amount of time by having them trade a few pieces of candy a day for a simple reward, like a sticker.
If you would like more tips on how to have a successful and cavity-free Halloween night, we encourage you to call our office and talk to a member of our friendly team. We are more than happy to give you the tips you need to fight tooth decay this Halloween!