Halloween is a beloved holiday and for good reason; children and adults alike get to be anything they want to be for an evening. For children, it’s a magical night filled with possibilities, community engagement, a little bit of healthy fright, and of course, candy. While a few bites of candy aren’t going to ruin your kid’s oral health, there are steps parents can take to ensure healthy teeth and gums – even during Halloween festivities. Our dentists provide quality oral healthcare to children in our area.
Healthy Tips for Halloween
One thing that parents can do is encourage moderation and monitor when any leftover candy is eaten. Since candy is full of sugar and sometimes acid, it can lead to tooth decay and bacterial growth. If your child has collected a surplus of candy that will easily last beyond Halloween, consider keeping the candy in a safe place where you can administer it as you see fit. An easily accessible bag of candy could mean that your son or daughter sneaks bites before supper or after nighttime oral hygiene.
During candy collection on Halloween, bring bottled water with you. Encourage kids to take sips of water throughout the night. This will help dilute harmful particles and rinse the mouth of sugar and acid. Diluting and rinsing the mouth after consuming sugar is important because sugar is the natural food source for bacteria. When candy is ingested, bacteria literally go into a feeding frenzy.
If you host a Halloween party at your home for children in your neighborhood, consider fun and tasty alternatives to candy. For instance, you can “bob” for apples and serve snacks such as celery with peanut butter and raisins. While these foods have sugar, they are healthier alternatives to store bought candy.
Before bedtime on Halloween and any subsequent days where candy is eaten, watch over your children’s oral hygiene routines to make sure they are brushing and flossing properly.
Our practice would like to wish our community a happy and safe Halloween. Call us to schedule a checkup or cleaning.