If you’ve got little ghosts and goblins, Halloween can be a challenging time to keep their teeth pearly white. However, your local Brooklyn NY dentist can be a big help with these tricks on healthy ways to handle your children’s treats.
- Make your kids a partner. Halloween without candy is like Christmas without presents. Trying to deny your kids the candy they went walking all over the neighborhood to get will only make you the Grinch. Instead, make your kids a partner in the decision making process by letting them choose a specific number of candy pieces they get to keep. Doing so will help them learn moderation and feel they have some say in the matter. Either put the rest of the candy out of sight or get rid of it altogether by donating what you don’t want to toss.
- Stick to a schedule. Reinforce moderation and healthy habits by having a set time each day that your kids will get to have a treat. That way, your kids won’t be thinking about candy all day, wondering – and asking! – when they’ll get to have some. Make sure brushing shortly after eating the candy is part of the routine to help prevent tooth decay. You can also use a fluoride rinse to help keep their teeth strong.
- Show your kids the sugar. Younger kids have a hard time connecting eating sugary foods with getting cavities. You can help them see the connection by using “disclosing” products that turn bacterial plaque bright colors. Once children see the colors on their teeth, they can see how much cavity causing sugar is there. Disclosing products are generally inexpensive and are available in a wide range of forms from chewable tablets to solutions and swabs.
- Make oral hygiene fun. An easy way to do this is to let your child choose their own toothbrush and toothpaste. When they get to pick out their own oral hygiene products, they are much more likely to use them. You can even make picking out a new toothbrush and toothpaste part of your family’s Halloween traditions.
- Don’t wait until it’s too late. If your child does experience any tooth problems, going to the dentist sooner rather than later will help address any issues before they get scary.
Try these tips and your Halloween will be a happier one – both for your kids and their teeth!