Keeping Halloween Smiles Healthy

October 25, 2016 | Posted in Holiday Health

 

  Halloween is sneeking up on us and before you know it,there will be an abundous of sticky, chewy, and delicious candy in our goblin hands. With extra treats around, our teeth are at risk for decayBacteria in our mouths eat the sugars creating an acid, which attacks our enamel. The weaken enamel gets softened, leading to a cavity. The the more exposure the tooth has to acid and sugar, the worse it gets! This year, let the Halloween Haunts be the only thing that scares you, not the fear rotting teeth. With these tips, you can help keep you and your little monster's teeth healthy and happy!
 
 
1. Use a small treat bag:
Avoid waste and over indulgence by using a smaller bag to start with.

2. Sort candy and give away extras:
Make sure to sort candy to make sure it is safe for consumation. Give candy away or donate to groups like Operation Shoe Box or to local food banks or nursing homes. This spreads the fun of Halloween to those that may not get to indulge in a special treat every 
once in a while.

3. Set up rules and expecations for how much candy is allowed:
Remember the more sugar exposure the increase risk of decay. Discuss and set up rules for how much candy is allowed and when. Suggestion: 2 small pieces after dinner.

4.Don't skimp on brushing and flossing:
Be extra diligent with brushing twice a day for 2 minutes, followed by flossing at night. Kids ages 7 and under still need guidance with brushing to make sure they are reaching all their teeth. Set a good example for your kids and make it a fun routine at the end of the night. Try playing a favorite song and brushing together until its over-most songs are usually 2 minutes!


5. Drink more water:
With the increase in candy consumption, try drinking and rinsing with water-when brushing is not an option. Swap soda or juice for a glass of water instead throughout the day.
 
6. Come up with some creative ideas with your family to use candy in a new way:
Try building a 
house out of candy and glue, practice addition and subtraction with candy pieces, or make a craft out of candy wrappers! Whatever it is, have fun and make it a family project.

Along with these tips, come visit us to ensure your teeth are healthy and learn more ways to keep your smile for life. Don't forget to check out our facebook page on Halloween to see pictures of our team in their costumes; they're sure to make you laugh! 

Have a Safe and Happy Halloween!