Halloween- it’s a kid’s dream! They get to dress up, fill their bags full of candy, and go trick-or-treating with all of their best friends. Halloween is also the time when many kids over-indulge in extra sugar, and wind up with painful cavities right around the Holidays. Help keep your child’s teeth gleaming white all year long with these 10 tips for Halloween candy.
Teeth Tips for Halloween
- Check all candy for safety reasons. Thoroughly look through candy to be sure all packages are closed/sealed. Be cautious of homemade treats and candy from people you don’t know.
- Avoid candies that are extremely hard and can crack/damage teeth.
- If you wear braces, take extra care to avoid candy that can damage your brackets or wires. Candy that contains things like nuts can easily get lodged between wires or can crack your bracket if you’re not careful. Tips for braces
- Candy that is sticky and chewy can stay on teeth for hours after eating if you don’t brush. Take extra time on brushing those pearly whites after enjoying candy like taffy, Jolly Ranchers, and Abba Zabba.
- Limit your child’s daily intake of candy. 2-3 pieces of candy a day is more than enough for children over 8. Children younger than 8 should have no more than 1 piece a day.
- Out of sight, out of mind. Put all of the Halloween candy in a large container and keep it out of reach in the kitchen. Every morning/after school, your kids can pick out their candy for the day and then return the container to its designated spot.
- Donate your Halloween candy! Every year our kids come home with pounds of Halloween candy, and we have bags of it sitting around for months. Then, we learned about this awesome program that ships donated candy to US troops overseas! Check out Operation Gratitude
- Use this time to change out toothbrushes. We suggest changing out your toothbrush every 3-4 months, so why not make the switch up now? Let your child pick out a toothbrush with their favorite character or colors. Now they’ll be much more eager to brush off all the extra sugar when they get back from trick-or-treating!
- Make sure they are brushing and flossing their teeth twice a day. Until the child is about 8 years old, parents should monitor for proper brushing and good oral hygiene. When consuming the extra sugar around Halloween, there are more opportunities for sugar and bacteria to grow in the mouth. Take the extra time to avoid cavities in the future.
- Keep up a healthy diet. Kids should be eating well-balanced and nutritious meals every day. Kids who are eat pizza and fast food for dinner accompanied by Halloween candy, are much more prone to cavities that children who are eating a health dinner and limited candy.
Have a happy Halloween and remember to BRUSH YOUR TEETH!