Dental Health Tips So You Can Enjoy Both Tricks and Treats this Halloween
Halloween is upon us and that means it’s time for tricks and TREATS! Most dentists and parents would agree that treats have the potential to be the scariest of the Halloween horrors. You don’t want to deprive your children the joy of devouring their delicious holiday bounty, but you also want to be sure that their precious teeth escape the spooky season unscathed. Well fret not! We have compiled a list of tips to help you keep your little ones’ teeth as clean as possible this October 31st and beyond:
Be picky: When you get home from trick or treating set a limit right away. Tell your kids they can each pick out a certain number of treats from their bag. That way they are forced to choose only their favorites and you’ll limit their sugar intake. You might even want to give them a limit per day and a specific time window in which they can eat their candy in the days following Halloween.
More water, less sugary drinks: When candy intake is higher, sugary drink consumption should be lower. It’s a tradeoff. So think about having a water only policy on the days that include Halloween candy consumption.
Hard and chewy candies are the enemy: Hard candies and chewy treats, such as lollipops and gummy bears, are particularly damaging to your teeth. These sugary goodies spend a longer time in your mouth and therefore stick to your teeth making them harder to break down.
Chocolate for the win: The good news is for all you chocolate fiends out there! Sweets that dissolve quickly in the mouth, like chocolate, lessen the amount of time sugar stays in contact with your teeth which means decreased risk for cavities and other oral issues.
Make brushing fun: When all else fails—brush, brush, brush! You and your kids should already be in the habit of brushing after eating, but especially after excessive sugar consumption. Do it together and make it fun; maybe even try turning brushing time into a game.
The above tips will lower your risk of dental disasters this Halloween season, but sometimes they are altogether unavoidable. That’s where Family Dental’s Affordable dental plans come in handy. When you and your family are prepared with Cheap dental plans you don’t have to stress over potential dental accidents. Check out the Family Dental Health Plans Website today for more information.