With Halloween just a few short weeks away, you know there’s only one thing on your child’s mind…candy! If they haven’t already started to dive into the candy stash you’ve prepared for the big day, it’s likely that they’ll start to soon – that’s why it’s so important to talk to them about how they can care for their teeth while still enjoying the holiday!
The following are a few ways that you can help your children maintain a healthy mouth and a healthy smile even during the sweetest holiday of the year:
- Suggest to your child that they save their candy for during or right after their meals. Since saliva production increases during meals, it helps rinse away the remaining food particles that would otherwise stick to their teeth at other times of the day.
- Avoid sweets that remain in your mouth for a long period of time. The longer a sugary treat takes to eat or stays in your mouth, the more likely it is that your teeth will fall subject to tooth decay.
- Choose candies that don’t cling to your teeth. Sticky candies, such as gummy bears, take much longer to be washed away by saliva and therefore sit on your teeth for an extended period of time. Again, this can lead to an increased risk of tooth decay.
Since Halloween is such a highly anticipated holiday, it can be difficult to tell your children that they can’t enjoy the candy the collect. But with these tips, you don’t have to! As long as your children watch what candy they consume and take proactive measures such as brushing several times a day, there is plenty of room left to still enjoy all that comes with Halloween.
At Pediatric Dentistry of Suffolk County, our emphasis is on total preventive care. That’s why we recommend taking your child for their routine cleaning shortly after they’re done with their Halloween treats! To schedule an appointment with us, please contact us at (631) 486-6364 for our Commack office or (631) 320-0880 for our Medford office.