Halloween is a wonderful, spooky time of year for people of all ages. It also happens to be the spookiest time of year for dentists. All of the sugar and candy, and treats available this time of year tend to herald the opening of cavity season. It’s critical that parents take steps to help protect their children’s teeth during this holiday. If you follow these tips, you’ll be able to rest easy, knowing your children’s teeth are safe.
Tips For Protecting Your Children’s Teeth This Halloween
- Take Control of The Candy Stash – Having a mountain of candy at their disposal presents an almost irresistible temptation. During this time of year, you may find that they sneak candy from the bag even after going to bed. They may snack on it throughout the day and generally practice habits that lead to cavities. Taking control of your children’s candy means that they’ll enjoy it longer without impacting the health of their teeth.
- Set Up “Candy Sessions” To Avoid Constant Snacking – Rather than letting the kids snack on the candy throughout the day, set up candy sessions. These periods of time represent moments when they’re allowed to go whole-hog on their bag of candy. It also lets you make sure they brush after doing so. This controls the sugar levels in their mouths.
- Post Mealtime Candy – Rather than just preventing a loss of appetite, this helps protect their teeth. We tend to produce a lot of saliva after we have dinner, which helps wash away residue. This means there will be fewer sugars and bacteria clinging to their teeth and limits their risk of cavity development.
- Avoid Hard and Sticky Candies – These candies are particularly risky for your children’s teeth. Children tend to bite down on both these candies, and that can prevent serious risks. Hard candies can fracture or break their teeth, while sticky candies can pull out fillings. They can also adhere themselves in the nooks and crannies of the teeth and be difficult to remove as a result.
- After Candy Brushing – Make sure your children brush their teeth every time they have a candy session. This helps get the sugar and acid off their teeth immediately, limiting the amount of damage it is capable of doing as a result. It’s an essential step in getting through the Halloween season without costly dental restoration bills.
While we’re at it, remember that this isn’t all about your kids. Each of these tips can help you, as an adult, protect your oral health as well. It may also help slow down the onset of the holiday 15. This is a joyous season full of wonderful treats; make sure your teeth survive it.
Remember To Set Up Your Regular Dental Appointments
Just before the holiday season is a great time to set up your next annual visit with your dentist. A little extra care from them can mean that any existing concerns are addressed. You can also inquire about getting dental sealants to provide another layer of protection against oral health concerns. Have a great Halloween season, but don’t let the tooth monsters get you!