Trick-or-Treat: Preparing for the Oral Health Challenges of Halloween
Halloween is every child’s dream time of year. Not only do they get to dress up and portray their favourite characters, but they get plenty of candy to last an entire year. Of course, Halloween can also be a parent’s and dentist’s nightmare when it comes to oral health.
There are plenty of ways you can prepare your children for Halloween without sacrificing their fun or their teeth.
Tricks for Dealing with Halloween Candies
Your family dentist in Red Deer will appreciate the extra effort you take to protect your child’s teeth and so will you. It will also mean happier dental check-ups. Some tricks to help everyone have a healthy and happy Halloween include:
- Monitor the Candy Intake - Do not make Halloween a negative experience. Instead of taking all of the candy away from your children, come home from trick-or-treating and allow them to pick out 5 to 10 pieces each. Unpicked treats should be stored away and out of sight or you can donate them to a local food centre. By limiting how much candy they eat that night, you can show them that better diet control as well as how what they eat impacts their oral health.
- Set a Treat Time - Children should know that eating treats is not an all-day event. Instead, you should have a designated “sweet” time in the house.
- Establish a Teeth Brushing Schedule - Your children’s dentist in Red Deer recommends brushing twice a day and flossing once a day, but that can be easier said than done. Establish a household brushing schedule that includes at least one morning and one night brushing session. Until your children are seven or eight, you should monitor their brushing and flossing to ensure they are doing it correctly.
- Make Brushing Fun - Teeth brushing should be something your child enjoys, not dreads. Instead of making it a necessary chore, add some elements of fun. Some ways you can do that include fun toothbrushes, funky flavoured toothpastes, a dental timer (that helps children brush the full two minutes), etc.
Ensure Regular Visits to the Dentist
Regardless of the efforts you make at home, your child still needs regular cleaning and check-ups to make sure there is no plaque build-up or cavities. Parkland Mall Dental Centre can help you keep your child’s teeth healthy and clean. We are currently accepting new dental patients, and we would be happy to look after everyone in your family, including children.