Halloween is a favorite holiday for adults & children alike. Kids love getting loaded up on Halloween candy while trick-or-treating. However, as a parent we all know that eating too much candy isn’t good for them or their pediatric dental health. Halloween is a good time of year to teach your children good pediatric dental care habits without depriving them of their favorite goodies. Below are a few tips & “tricks” you can try this season to help maintain the health of your child’s teeth now and in the future.
Moderation is the Key
All “little monsters” enjoy the Halloween holiday. Instead of denying your children of the fun & exciting experience of eating their favorite treats, a better idea is to let your child enjoy the goodies they collect in moderation.
After checking their candy together, have them choose a few pieces that they’d like to eat before settling down for the night. Make sure to remind them to brush & floss their teeth afterward. Then, put the rest of the candy away & out of sight. Explain to your children that by enjoying a few pieces everyday (instead of eating it all at once) their candy stash will last longer.
Talk to Your Kids
Halloween is a great time to talk to your kids about candy and their pediatric dental health. Explain to them that by eating too many sweets they can develop cavities. Instead of saying that candy is “bad”, its better to educate them about proper pediatric dental care habits & how to much sugar is simply not good for their teeth. This will help your kids learn about their diet, and that what they eat not only affects their little bodies but their pediatric dental health as well.
Set a Halloween Treat Time
Instead of letting your little ones dig into their Halloween treats whenever they want, our family dentist recommends setting a “treat time” to teach kids that their sweets should be eaten in moderation. By setting a “treat time” kids understand they have a specific time of day they can enjoy their candy while less likely to think about eating it at other times during the day.
Make Brushing Fun!
It’s also just as important to remind your children to brush and floss their teeth after eating goodies in order to maintain their pediatric dental health. Children under 8 may still need a parent to supervise or help brush their teeth in order to make sure they’re doing a good job. Celebrate this Halloween season by making brushing just as fun as trick-or-treating. Incentives like a new toothbrush, timers, toothpaste, floss, and prizes are a great way to get them excited to brush their teeth.
Our dentists at Champagne Dental want youngster to enjoy this fun time of year! We also want our family dental care patients to learn how to properly care for their teeth so they have smiles they can be proud of for the rest of their lives!