It’s Halloween night, your kids are bouncing off the walls and they haven’t even had candy yet! It’s a great time for your little monsters to dress up and go trick-or-treating, but take a few minutes to make sure they’re not only safe – but they’re keeping their teeth healthy too.
It’s OK to have candy – in fact, 79 percent of dentists give out chocolate on Halloween, according to a Delta Dental survey. But there are ways to keep your child’s smile healthy on Halloween. Take a look at these tips:
- Serve a healthy meal before trick-or-treating. You child is less likely to eat too much candy on an already-full stomach (we hope).
- Try to have your child avoid eating hard or chewy candies, as they tend to stick to teeth much longer. They’re especially bad for your teeth when you can’t brush them right away.
- Did they get too much candy? Buy some of it from them. Offer cash for candy to fatten up their piggy banks.
- Teach your kids about tooth decay. When the sugar high has worn off, take a moment to tell your children about why sugar is bad for your teeth and can cause cavities.
- And don’t forget to get your children to brush and floss after their big night out!
For more information and fun videos on how to keep your child’s teeth healthy and bright this Halloween, check out Delta Dental’s Tricky Treats website.