Q: So much Halloween candy so little time…. is it really that big of a deal?
A: By now, we all should know that candy is probably not the best thing for your teeth. So as a dental office, do we advocate for no candy on Halloween? Absolutely not. Kids need to be kids, but more importantly, parents need to be parents. So have a plan this Halloween to protect your little pumpkin’s mouth.
Tooth decay is the most common chronic disease of childhood. Over 16 million kids in the US have untreated tooth decay. There are also more missed school days due to dental conditions than by the flu! And this make a lot of sense considering only 44% of children brush their teeth twice a day. So how can we parents be parents?
- Allow your kids to have a fun, but safe Halloween
- Don’t stash the goods. Limit how long your child can keep the candy. Use it or loose it.
- Try to eat candy with meals rather than between them and drink lots of water
- Brush 2x a day for 2 minutes…. and don;t forget that thing called floss (regardless of what Facebook as said!)
- See you dentist every 6 months for a cleaning and check up.
So go out and have a Happy Halloween, but watch out for those cavity bugs! For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 751-7177