Halloween is quickly approaching, and though your little ghouls and ghosts may want to feast on the spoils of their trick-or-treating with abandon, this isn’t the best idea. To prevent cavities at this time of year, form a plan. This plan should protect your little monster’s teeth, but still allow him or her to enjoy the magic of Halloween.
In addition to dressing up like their favorite monster, princess, or superhero, Halloween involves candy—lots and lots of candy. If you let your child graze on candy from sunup to sundown, his or her teeth will bathe in sugars that bacteria convert to cavity-causing acid. Instead of letting your child graze in this way, let your child have a short candy feast at night and make sure they brush their teeth before bed.
Brush Away the Remains
Don’t let your child forget to brush their teeth because of all of the excitement! Make sure that your ghouls and ghosts brush their teeth twice a day for at least two minutes with fluoride toothpaste.
To keep your child from overloading on sweets while still letting him or her enjoy trick-or-treating, consider having candy swaps. If your child swaps in a certain amount of candy, they can get a small toy, or even a nicer toy that they’ve been wanting for a while. Candy could also be swapped for things like a trip to the park.
If you would like more Halloween tips and to schedule your child’s next appointment with Dr. Amanda Rhoades, feel free to contact Eastern Hills Dental at 513-231-7474 today. Our dentist and team in Cincinnati, Ohio, are happy to help you form your Halloween plan of attack against cavities!