Tooth decay is a serious and dangerous dental issue that can completely destroy your smile. Now, with Halloween lurking around the corner, tooth decay is highly likely with the numerous treats that are about to fill your child’s trick-or-treating bag. This is a scary time, but we are happy to help your child battle Halloween tooth decay with these three tips:
Brush the treats away
Whether your child eats one piece of candy or multiple pieces, it’s important to have them brush their teeth with a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste as soon as possible. This will help prevent tooth decay. It is also recommended to have them floss their smile as well. This will help remove the candy that got stuck between your child’s teeth. Halloween is also a good time to get your child a new toothbrush. To make things fun, put your child’s new toothbrush in their trick-or-treating bag before they walk out the door.
Create a candy plan
To keep your child from overloading on the Halloween treats, it’s best to make a candy plan. Some plans could include limiting the amount of houses your child visits, giving your child a smaller trick-or-treating bag, hiding your child’s candy and letting them slowly eat it, and having your child swap their candy for a not-so-sweet reward. These plans can help limit your child’s smile to a number of cavities.
Offer a not-so-sweet reward
Like mentioned earlier, your child can swap their candy for a not-so-sweet reward, like a new toy or a new activity they have wanted to try. This will allow your child to participate in trick-or-treating activities without overloading on Halloween treats.
With these simple tricks, your child will enjoy the Halloween festivities all while preventing frightening tooth decay. With ghosts, witches, and goblins visiting your home, don’t let Halloween cavities visit your smile and destroy your teeth. Call our office today if you would like additional tips on how to prevent tooth decay this Halloween season!