Who doesn’t love Halloween? We understand the love of dressing up and getting free candy, but as dental professionals we also know that too many sweets means a higher risk of tooth decay. Fortunately, we have a few tips to help protect Urbandale, IA, families from cavities.
Protecting Smiles on Halloween
- Offer Alternatives to Candy: You don’t have to give out sweets on the big night. Instead, you could offer children stickers, temporary tattoos, or Halloween themed party fairs, such as spider rings or plastic skeletons. Kids with allergies to common candy ingredients, such as nuts, have less to worry about and you limit the risk of decay in your neighborhood!
- Limit How Many Sweets They Eat Each Day: Don’t let your children gorge themselves. Instead, limit how many pieces they can have a day. Better yet, limit them to after dinner and make sure your kids wash them down with a glass of water, which helps cleanse the smile.
- Buy Their Candy: To ensure they limit their candy consumption without ruining their Halloween fun, why not offer to “buy” their excess candy for a nominal amount of money, or allow them to exchange candy for a small toy?
- Always Brush and Floss: Children should be brushing their teeth twice a day and flossing every night before bed. Make sure your children are taking care of their smiles and help them as necessary. Routine homecare is essential or preventing cavities.
- Schedule Your Cleaning: A dental cleaning allows us to remove plaque and protect the smile from cavities and other serious complications. During the same visit, we will examine the smile for signs of trouble, offering treatment before these issues grow worse. Now is the perfect time to schedule a visit, so you can use your dental benefits before the holidays arrive (and before they expire at the end of December).
Does Your Child Need A Cleaning?
Dr. Lawson and our team will help keep your smiles cavity-free with preventive and general dentistry. To learn more, schedule a consultation by calling our sleep dentistry office in Urbandale, IA, at 515-278-4366.