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Halloween is the time of year that everyone, especially children, look forward to. The spooky atmosphere, the creative costumes, and all that candy are enough to get anyone excited.
One of the best things about Halloween for many children comes after trick-or-treating and getting to eat all the treats they have collected.
But too much of a good thing can be harmful to their teeth and lead to cavities.
Fear not—we have provided you with some tricks-and-tips to help your child avoid getting too many cavities after collecting candy on Halloween night.
Brush and Floss Often
Cavities are caused by tooth decay and can develop when certain types of bacteria create acid that can stick to the teeth and harm the tooth’s enamel.
Teaching your kids about how to prevent cavities and making healthy choices is the first step to good oral hygiene.
Making sure your child practices proper brushing and flossing after eating their Halloween candy can help decrease their chances of developing tooth decay.
Showing your kids how to brush and floss their teeth to remove pieces of candy that can get stuck inside their mouth can also help them prevent cavities.
Create a “Candy Plan”
The thought of all that delicious Halloween candy sitting in the kitchen ready to be eaten can be tempting for both you and your children once the festivities have ended.
To limit your child’s sugar cravings, try scheduling a candy plan and setting limits for when and how much candy should be eaten that day.
Make sure you sit down and talk with your child about the importance of moderation.
This will not only teach them how too much sugar can be harmful to their teeth and health, but it can also prevent them from getting too many cavities.
Check-up With Your Family Dentist
To make sure your child has not developed any cavities after their Halloween endeavors, you can schedule an appointment with their family dentist.
Making regular visits to the dentist for a check-up and cleaning can determine if your child’s teeth are healthy or if they need to cut back on the sweets.
Your dentist can provide further tips to help your child achieve a bright, healthy smile. Avoiding cavities is what makes a fun and safe Halloween.
Have More Questions?
To learn more about cavities and how you and your child can avoid them on Halloween, please contact La Jolla Cosmetic Dentistry and Orthodontics at (858) 295-0603. Our office is located in San Diego, CA.