Halloween is a day many children look forward to all year long and for good reason. Not only do they get to dress up and stay up late, but they also get to go around their neighborhood collecting bags full of free candy. Unfortunately, this candy can also be very damaging to your teeth and overall oral health. When children eat large amount of candy they may be increasing the risk of cavities and other oral health problems.
As a parent, it is important that you take action and monitor your child’s candy intake after Halloween to protect his or her mouth from tooth decay. Fortunately, there are ways your child can keep a healthy and beautiful smile without missing out on the festivities and fun Halloween has to offer. If you have any questions about how you as a parent can promote good oral hygiene during Halloween, talk with a dental professional today.
Tips for Parents When your child comes home with a bag of candy Halloween night, there are a few steps you should take as a parent to ensure they do not put their own oral health in jeopardy. These include the following:
- Along with going through your childs candy to check for any suspicious-looking candy, you should also go through to look for any really hard candy that could chip your child’s tooth.
- Don’t let your child eat really sticky candy that can get stuck between teeth easy or also get stuck on your child’s braces
- Set rules and limits on when and how much candy your child can eat a day
- Don’t let your child chew gum unless its sugar free
- Brushing and flossing are as important as ever after Halloween to make sure you remove all of the candy caught between teeth or in your mouth