Holiday and Halloween Tips to Protect Your Children’s Teeth from Cavities and Decay
Halloween means candy, and lots of it! Read our holiday tips to find out how to protect your children’s teeth from the damage all the sweet treats can do.
- Monitor what they are eating, and help them make the right choices. Here are some simple guidelines to follow:
- Offer (and distribute) sugar-free candy and gum or sweets that dissolve quickly.
- The worst candies are those that stick to your child’s teeth or hard candies. They release a lot of sugar over a long period of time and encourage cavities to form.
- Avoid soft, sticky treats that get stuck between teeth.
- It is best to eat sugary treats at the end of mealtime while there is still plenty of saliva in the mouth. Saliva helps to wash away the sugars and acids.
- Reduce the amount of candy your child eats. Moderation will lower the risk of tooth decay and Halloween will still be fun. Over-eating the sweet stuff has other consequences like weight gain and diabetes, which also affect your mouth.
- Limit the number of times a day your child eats sugary treats. Introduce alternatives such as vegetables, cheese, nuts or sweets that will not harm your child’s teeth.
- Get them to drink plenty of water. A glass of water after eating a sugary treat will also help wash away some of the sugars and acids.
- Be diligent about oral hygiene. Always have your child brush and floss before going to bed.
Watch this video to learn more tips you can use during Halloween and other holidays.
Don’t deny your children their Halloween treats. It could make candy seem more irresistible and even lead to binging. Your dentist can give you more holiday tips to help protect oral health and monitor their teeth to make sure all is well.