Halloween is once again upon us, and that means scary movie marathons, trick-or-treating, and of course, lots and lots of candy! To keep all those sweets from ruining your son or daughter’s smile, follow these excellent parenting tips from your Glendale family dentistry, Infinite Dental Wellness!
Moderation Is Key
Completely taking your child’s candy away will only create an intense desire to eat more–the time-honored psychological dictum “we always want what we can’t have” rings true for Halloween candy too! Instead of rationing, use Halloween as an opportunity to teach your children about moderation, and inform them about the effects of sugary treats on the human body.
Inspect Your Kid’s Candy Before They Eat
It’s probably a good idea to do this anyway, but from a dental health perspective, picking out the worst kinds of candy before your child has a chance to eat it (or hide it away) will save you from an unscheduled trip to the dentist’s office later. Take away the sugary and sticky candies, like Skittles, Tootsie Rolls, caramels, taffy, and jelly beans – basically anything that can get stuck in your child’s teeth for long periods of time. These types of candies can be especially dangerous if your kid already has fillings or crowns, because the sticky substance is likely to pull the crown off the tooth. Ouch!
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Mind The Sugary Drinks
Just because candy is on the menu doesn’t mean soda should be, too! If anything, children should drink more water during and after Halloween to wash away the sugary residue left in their mouths. Think giving your kids apple juice or grape juice is a healthy alternative? Think again. Most juices have added sugar that can wreak havoc on little teeth.
Vigilantly Monitor Children’s Brushing
It’s important that you supervise your child’s brushing and flossing habits, and this is especially true during and after the Halloween candy rush. Be sure kids are brushing at least twice (or better yet, three times) a day, flossing, and rinsing with water after each meal.
Schedule a Dental Checkup in the New Year
Halloween isn’t the only holiday that’s bad for your little one’s teeth. Sugary pies during Thanksgiving and candy canes throughout the Christmas season can also inflict major damage, so be sure to ring in the New Year with an appointment at Infinite Dental Wellness or your local family dentistry.
Happy treat or treating to all the little monsters out there!