HAPPY TEETH THIS HALLOWEEN
Halloween is a good time to teach your kids good oral health habits without depriving them of their Halloween goodies. Here are some tips to ensure that your child has healthy teeth this Halloween and all year long.
Treats in Moderation
When kids come home after going trick-or-treating go through the candy with them. Have your child choose a few pieces they would like to eat right away. Put the rest of the candy away and out of sight. Some parents choose to donate excessive candy to local charities and others freeze it so consider these two ideas if you don’t want to simply throw it away.
Talk to Kids About Candy and Their Teeth
Halloween is a great time to talk to your kids about candy and their teeth. Consider sitting down with your child to remind them that eating too many sweets can lead to cavities. Instead of saying that candy is “bad”, it’s better to teach children that eating excessive amount of candy is simply not good for their teeth. This will help children learn that what they eat can affect their oral health.
Instead of allowing kids to eat their Halloween candy whenever they wish, parents should set a “treat time” to teach children that candy should be eaten in moderation. When kids know they have a scheduled time they can enjoy their treats, they’re less likely to think about eating candy though out the day.
It is also important to remind children to brush and floss their teeth after eating candy. If your child is eight years old or younger, you may need to help them brush their teeth. After age nine, parents should still supervise their kids when brushing to be sure they’re doing a good job. If you make brushing teeth a fun time for your kids, they will be more likely to do a good job. Letting your child pick out their own toothbrush and toothpaste is a good way to help ensure they will brush and floss thoroughly.