Believe it or not, Halloween is less than a week away. Parents know what that means! There’s going to be plenty of candy and other sweets in the house for weeks (or longer). As fun as the holiday may be, it also presents parents with a number of health and safety challenges. Our dentist in Mesquite reassures families that it’s okay to eat candy on Halloween, however, it’s important to have a plan. Keep reading for 10 tips for a healthy Halloween, as explained by the American Dental Association.

  1. Eat candy with meals – Saliva production increases during meals, which helps cancel out acids produced by bacteria in your mouth and even rinse away food particles. Be sure that your child doesn’t eat a bunch of candy on an empty stomach.
  2. Steer them away from sweet snacks – Chances are that your child is going to receive enough candy trick-or-treating to fill multiple snack bowls. That said, don’t let them snack on them throughout the day. Sugary snacking only increases their risk of cavities.
  3. Avoid sticky candies – Many kids enjoy candies such as taffy and gummy bears. Though tasty, these particular treats take longer to get washed away by saliva. This only increases the risk for tooth decay.
  4. Drink more water – It’s a good idea to have your child drink fluoridated water to prevent tooth decay. One more note about drinks: Do what you can to limit your child’s consumption of sugary beverages such as sports drinks and soda. Halloween candy and sugary drinks aren’t exactly the best combination for good oral health.
  5. Maintain a healthy diet – Remember that the foods you choose as fuel affect your general health and that of your teeth and gums. Consider meals around Halloween that feature plenty of greens and lean protein.
  6. Give them a limit on candy – Don’t be afraid to set a limit on how many Halloween treats your child can eat on a daily basis. For example, maybe put one or two candies in their school lunch and allow them the same amount for dessert after dinner.
  7. Chew gum with the ADA seal – Increased saliva flow helps wash out food and neutralize the acid produced by bacteria. So find a sugarless gum with the ADA seal and encourage your child to chew it for 20 minutes after meals to reduce tooth decay.
  8. Brush twice a day – Our family dentist preaches the importance of children brushing their teeth twice a day for two minutes with an ADA-accepted fluoride toothpaste. If they’ve had a toothbrush for longer than four months, it’s time to replace it.
  9. Floss regularly – Make sure your child gets in the habit of flossing daily. Doing so removes plaque and food particles from between the teeth and under the gum line.
  10. Find a dentist – Our Mesquite dentist can work with you in setting up six-month cleanings for your child. Not only do these appointments allow us to catch any problems that surface early on, but affords us the opportunity to educate your child on proper dental hygiene.            

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