It’s no surprise that the massive amounts of sugar associated with Halloween horrifies most parents. Aside from causing candy comas, consuming too many sweet treats can lead to tooth troubles. The trick is finding balance.
Below are a few trick-or-treating tips to help keep your child’s mouth from turning into its own fright fest.
Dine Before the Candy Dash
Believe it or not, the age-old practice of waiting to eat dessert until after you’ve eaten a nutritious meal is very beneficial. It helps prevent kids from overindulging in sugar. Filling your kids’ bellies with wholesome, nourishing foods before going door to door will decrease the likelihood of them gobbling down goodies from their treat bags all evening because they are hungry.
Avoid Sour and Sticky Sweets
All candy is not created equal. Candy with acid in it strips tooth enamel, making teeth weaker and more susceptible to tooth decay. Sticky candy is tricky too. It can get stuck in the nooks and crannies in-between teeth, making it even more difficult for saliva to break it down.
So, when kids sort through their candy sacks, set aside the Sour Patch Kids, Shocktarts, Sour Skittles, Lifesaver Sour Gummies, Lemonheads, Laffy Taffy, caramels, gummies and other sour and/or sticky stuff. And, then simply make sure these are consumed in very limited quantities.
Implement the Basics before Bed
Halloween night is full of fun and can be down-right exhausting, making it tempting to carry your cute little monster straight to bed. Don’t do it. Make sure to stick to the basics before bedtime. Have your child thoroughly brush for the suggested two minute timeframe, floss and use mouth rinse before bouncing into bed.
Resources: American Dental Association, Academy of General Dentistry