Halloween is a festive time of year that many people, especially children, look forward to. It’s a time for dressing up in costumes, going trick or treating, and indulging in sweet treats. While it’s essential to have fun and enjoy the holiday, it’s also important to be mindful of you and your children’s dental hygiene.
Let’s tackle a few tips on cavity prevention & dental hygiene during and after this festive holiday.
Moderate your candy consumption. Set limits on the amount of candy that can be eaten each day. Ration the candy over an extended period rather than consuming it all at once.
Maintain a good dental hygiene routine, which includes brushing your teeth at least twice a day and flossing regularly. After eating sugary treats, rinse with water and brush your teeth to remove cavity causing sugars. Choose a fluoride toothpaste to help strengthen your enamel, for children the kids pronamel is a great choice!
Drink lots of water, especially after sugary treats. Water can help wash away some of the sugars and acids that lead to tooth decay.
Some candies are more harmful to teeth than others. Sticky candies can be particularly damaging as they can get stuck on and between teeth. Choose less harmful candies, such as those that can be easily washed away by saliva.
Offer healthier treat alternatives, such as sugar free candies or snacks like nuts, cheese, and fruits. These are a better option for dental hygiene while still allowing children to enjoy the festive spirit of Halloween.
Schedule a dental check up after Halloween to prevent potential cavities. Regular dental cleanings and checkups are crucial for maintaining good oral health.
By being mindful of these tips, you can help ensure that you and your loved ones can enjoy Halloween while also maintaining good dental hygiene.
Emma Johnson is the owner of Pearl Boutique, a clinic that specializes in teeth whitening. She is a registered dental hygienist and completed her diploma at Camosun College, which offers one of the best recognized dental hygiene programs in Canada. Emma also holds a health science degree in kinesiology from the University of the Fraser Valley.