Don’t deprive your child of the Halloween experience. Here are a few hints to teach healthy dietary and oral hygiene habits during this time of year:
Enjoy trick or treating and allow your child to indulge, once you are home go through the candy with your child and let them choose a limited amount, the rest you can donate, give away or swap at a dental office.
Not all treats are created equal! Use the grid bellow from the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry to help your child choose the more teeth appropriate treats.
Eat candy with a main meal, avoiding sugar during snacks reduces the amount of acid attacks per day, also an increase in saliva during meals will help to wash away the acid faster.
Brush before going to bed! During bed time our saliva production decreases leaving our teeth unprotected from the acid attacks. Make sure that your children brush at least twice per day for two minutes and floss once per day.