Dental tricks and tips this coming Halloween
Halloween is just around the corner, and the little ghouls and ghosts will be ready to munch down on sweet treats. As parents, we are all naturally concern about how much sweets are children eat during the Halloween holiday. Not only just kids, but it is a tempting holiday for adults to indulge in chocolates and sweet tarts. Brushing and flossing this Halloween can keep your child’s smile healthy.
Here are a few dental tricks and tips to keep your child and your teeth happy this Halloween.
- Stay away from sticky and hard treats, but if you must eat in moderation.
- Limit the time sugar is in contact with teeth.
- Teach him to eat moderately.
- Use fluoride to fight activities.
When buying candy or sorting out your child’s candy bag, select the treats that are not chewy. These chewy treats tend to stick to teeth. As we all know, when sugar sticks to the teeth, this is an opportunity for bacteria to start breaking the sugars and produces acid. The acids will breakdown the tooth’s enamel. So, to avoid cavities and toothaches during this Halloween, stay away from these ghoulish treats. Likewise, hard candies can be bad for the teeth, especially when children try to bite and crush these treats. Biting in down to hard can crack teeth. Instead, choose candy-like chocolates or fruits.
It might seem like an impossible task not to let candy come into contact with your teeth. The concept here is to eat the treats quickly and not let it stay in your child’s mouth for a long time. The longer these sweet treats are in your child’s mouth, it can cause tooth decay. Once your child finishes eating, encourage them to drink plenty of water. The water will help cleanse the mouth and wash away the sugar.
When trick-or-treating, make sure your child eats a healthy meal before going out. This will help limit your child’s urge to eat Halloween treats. If they insist on eating candy, teach them to eat in moderation. After an exciting night of trick-or-treating, have your child brush and floss thoroughly to help keep the smile healthy.
To fight back against those ghoulish cavities, have your child drink fluoridated water and brush with fluoride toothpaste. This will help protect the teeth from developing cavities.
Follow these simple tips to keep your family smiles healthy this Halloween. If it’s time to schedule your family next appointment please give California Dental Group at (800) 407-0161 to make your appointment.