Healthy Teeth After Halloween!Friday, October 30th, 2015, 2:26 pm
Your kids are living the Halloween dream – lots of candy! But can you help protect their teeth from all that sugar and prevent future cavities? The answer is yes, your children can still enjoy their Halloween fun (in moderation) and a few tricks can help protect their teeth from those treats.
Don’t try to deny your kids their Halloween treats – this makes the candy seem even more enticing and they will probably end up eating more of the stuff when they are out of your control. They key to a healthy Halloween is moderation.
After your children have brought home their trick-or-treat bags sit down and go through them together. Let your children decide what their favorites are and choose some candy to “keep”, the rest of the candy can be packed up, put out of sight and donated. While this sorting is going on it is a great time to remind the kids that candy is made of sugar and sugar is bad for our teeth, and our bodies overall.
Pick a time each day that your child can eat Halloween candy. This stops the constant snacking on sugar that will really fuel the oral bacteria that damage tooth enamel. The best time to choose – following a meal! Your child is full from the meal and won’t want as much candy and following a meal our saliva is flowing more freely which will more quickly wash away candy debris from the teeth.
Make sure your child is brushing and flossing. You can keep tooth brushing fun by investing in a fun new toothbrush every three months. Children should also get to choose their toothpaste so they can get a flavor they like (watch them to make sure the toothpaste isn’t swallowed). Just look for a toothpaste approved by the American Dental Association.
Disclosing tablets or solutions are a great way to show your kids that they are missing some spots when they brush. These tablets and solutions temporarily stain the plaque that builds up on teeth and most kids find them fun to use.
Happy Halloween to everyone! Please contact Wilbanks Smile Center in Toccoa, GA today for more information on protecting your smile and to schedule your next visit.