Your child’s pillowcase can hold over 1,600 pieces of candy when it’s completely stuffed, and with how cute they’re going to look in their costume, you can bank on that. Studies also show that after Halloween, kids can eat nearly three cups of sugar after they’ve finished munching on all of their spoils throughout the holidays, according to an article published by Fortune in 2017. So, what do these unbelievable (yet very real) statistics have to do with your child’s oral health? Read on to learn how you can avoid cavities and unexpected visits to the dentist this holiday season by following these oral health tips.
Moderation Is Key
When your child brings home a massive bag of Halloween candy that could last them for a year, they may be tempted to gorge and eat it all in a week. This can not only be detrimental to their overall wellbeing, but also to their oral health. Try moderating their consumption by keeping the candy up high where they can’t reach it, or by hiding it away so they need to come to you first. That way, you can moderate and keep track of how much they’re eating.
Leave Out the Sticky and Chewy Treats
Treats that are sticky and chewy are hard to remove from your child’s pearly whites. Prolonged exposure to sugar can increase their risk of developing cavities or gum disease and cause harmful oral bacteria to accumulate. Candy like chocolate easily melts away and leaves the mouth, making it a more tooth-friendly option than sweets like Laffy Taffy, popcorn balls, and sour gummy worms.
Make Sure They Keep Up With Their Oral Hygiene
Between family get-togethers, holiday parties, and gifts, your child is bound to be eating more candy than typical. Plus, with all the excitement and commotion, it could cause them to forget to brush and floss regularly, which is the last thing you would want. To keep them diligent about their oral hygiene routine, try getting them new, neat tools like a toothbrush with their favorite cartoon character on it or a fun-flavored mouth rinse.
Take Your Child To Houses With Teal Pumpkins
This year, a new program started that brings awareness to children that have food allergies called the Teal Pumpkin Project®. It was started by FARE (Food Allergy Research & Education), to provide children with severe allergies a fun and healthier trick-or-treating alternative. If your child has food sensitivities or you would prefer that they don’t receive unhealthy snacks, be sure to check out the detailed map of houses in your area that have teal pumpkins at their doorstep. These people will be giving away non-food treats like bubbles, slinkies, stickers, and other fun toys. You can even do the same!
After Halloween is a great time to schedule a routine checkup and cleaning for your little one with their children’s dentist. That way, you can make sure that their mouth is cavity-free and healthy for all the upcoming holiday family photoshoots. With these four precautionary measures in place, you can avoid dental dilemmas this Halloween and for the following months!
About the Author
Dr. Oshin Anjirghooli enjoys treating entire families and smiles of all shapes and sizes. When it comes to children’s oral health, he takes the extra time to provide them with a fun and educational appointment that gives them the tools and knowledge they need to maintain a beautiful smile into adulthood. He has also completed countless hours of continuing education courses to sharpen his skills and broaden his knowledge, allowing him to provide his patients with exceptional dental care. For questions or to schedule your family’s routine checkups and cleanings, visit his website or call 310-246-0995.