Children love Halloween. For parents, it can be a time of concern about oral health. Some tips can reduce your worries so your children can have a fun, healthy holiday.
Halloween Dental Tips:
One of the most important safety and health tips to impress upon your children is to not eat any Halloween candy until they come home. This will give you the chance to inspect the candy for safety issues, and also help them make healthy choices.
While some parents assume all candy is equally unhealthy, this is not true. There are some types of candy that are more harmful to the teeth and gums than others.
One category is candy that sticks to the teeth and gums. Chewy candies can be especially harmful. Gumdrops and gummy candies are common examples.
Sour candy can be harmful, too. Hard sour balls, sour gummies, and chewy candy that is sour contain more than sugar that can damage your child’s teeth and gums. The burning sensation is due to the candy being acidic. It only takes a few minutes for acidic candy to attack your child’s tooth enamel.
You may be surprised to learn the candy that is best for your child is a plain chocolate bar. Although chocolate bars do contain a large amount of sugar, the candy melts quickly and can be swallowed without leaving as much residue on his teeth and gums.
Oral Health And Halloween:
You do not want your child to miss one of the most exciting holidays of the year. You also do not want Halloween treats to contribute to gum disease, gum recession, and tooth decay. You can start by helping him sort through his candy, and choose a few pieces that are not acidic or sticky.
Before he eats any candy, remind him he must brush, floss, and use mouthwash immediately after enjoying the treats. When it is bedtime, his mouth will be clean and fresh.
These oral health tips can help your child have a wonderful Halloween. He can learn to make healthy choices without giving up fun. Regardless of your child’s age, it is not too soon for him to learn about oral health.