At the center of every child’s wildest Halloween dream is a giant bucket of candy to sort through and eat until they’re sick. They will meet up with their friends at lunch to compare and trade candies everyday for the entire week following the holiday. As a parent, you know that candy overload only means one thing: cavity overload. So how do you combat the inevitable cavities without taking away all the fun? Here are a couple of ways to keep the Halloween magic (and your child’s teeth) alive and healthy.
Create a Rigid Oral Routine
During this time, the best thing you can do to help your child avoid getting cavities is to make sure they are taking proper care of their teeth. It’s important to ensure your children’s teeth are very healthy before beginning the never-ending season of sweets. If your child continues to brush and floss twice a day to remove dangerous sugars and plaque from sticking to the teeth, they may come out of the next dental exam cavity-free!
The best time to eat candy without compromising your teeth is right after eating a meal. Why? Because when you eat a full meal your mouth produces more saliva than usual, which will be used as a counteractive mechanism to rinse teeth of sugar before it sticks. Also, try to avoid hard candies that require long periods of time to eat. Reducing the amount of time the sugar is able to settle on the teeth can reduce the risk of cavities.
Drink Lots of Water
Try to reduce your child’s soda and sugary drink intake to a minimum to balance the over consumption of candy during this time. If the kids stick to water, their mouth will constantly be refreshed without the added sugar that will increase the rate of cavities and plaque build up.
Visit the Dentist
Prior to the big day, try to fit in an appointment for your child to get their sealants checked and schedule a thorough cleaning. Preventative dental care is the best way to avoid any cavities during this very sugary season. The dentists at A Beautiful Smile at Lake Pointe will properly prepare your child to have the best, worry-free Halloween yet!
If you and your child are ready to take the plunge into the sugar-filled Halloween activities, contact Sugar Land Dental Spa in the Houston, Texas area to book a cleaning and checkup today!