We know how fun and exciting this time of year is for children. They get to dress up as their favorite character or superhero and go door to door collecting the most important treasure in a kid’s world: candy!
At Family First Dental & Implant Center, we totally understand what all the fuss is about. We love Halloween, too! It’s not only fun to hear the kids talk about their trick-or-treat adventures, but we also use it as a way to give back to the community with our annual candy buyback program!
But every Halloween, we always feel compelled to remind parents about how to keep their kids’ smiles safe despite the extra sugar the holiday brings. That’s what today’s blog is all about!
We’re talking about how you can protect your child’s teeth and gums from the pitfalls of Halloween candy consumption. After reading, you won’t be tricked by sugar this season!
You’ve known since your own childhood that too much sugar is bad for your teeth. But have you ever thought about why?
It’s because sugar is not only a favorite treat for kids. It’s also the favorite of bad bacteria that live in your mouth! When bacteria feeds off sugar from food and drinks, it creates harmful acids that eat away tooth enamel and create plaque and tartar buildup.
Halloween is especially tricky because instead of this process lasting about 30 minutes after you eat, it can go on for hours if kids are snacking on candy all throughout the day.
This can lead to dental problems like decay, cavities, infections, and gum disease. Dr. Buro and our team want to do all we can to keep that from happening!
How can we do that? Believe it or not, it’s not by restricting candy in your house altogether. That’s the greatest part for a kid! Instead, we have some pointers to keep you and your family from being tricked by the extra sugar that lurks in your Halloween candy bowl.
Before Trick-Or-Treating, Eat A Healthy Meal!
To resist the temptation to go overboard on the candy they’ve just collected, make sure they’re filled up with a healthy, balanced dinner. They’ll be less likely to eat too much candy and more likely to feel satisfied with one or two pieces.
Keep The Candy Bowl Out Of Sight!
Help your kids practice moderation by keeping the Halloween candy bowl out of sight until it’s time to indulge. Then you’re the one in control of how much or how little they have.
You can also treat it as more of a reward or a dessert rather than a snack alternative. Grazing on candy all day long will put their teeth under constant attack and vulnerable to cavities.
Turn In The Candy You Don’t Eat!
At Family First Dental & Implant Center, we’re proud to give back to the community every year buy participating in a candy buyback program. You can bring your unopened candy to a participating location so it can be sent to our troops overseas!
This is a win-win because it keeps your kids’ teeth and gums healthy, and it also teaches them about giving back to others.
Maintain Good Oral Hygiene
In all the holiday fun, remember to keep those same good dental habits you always do! Brush twice a day using a soft-bristle toothbrush and a toothpaste that contains fluoride. Remind them to floss at least once a day and to drink plenty of water, too!
Remember that your family’s best oral health doesn’t stop with good dental habits at home. It also means coming to our Leesburg, VA dental office for regular professional dental care. Deep cleanings and thorough exams are one of the best ways to protect the teeth and gums of everyone in your household!
To make sure the year’s Halloween candy doesn’t play a trick on your kids’ teeth, make sure you schedule a checkup with Dr. Buro at Family First Dental & Implant Center!