Saskatoon Dental Group is a locally owned, full-scale Saskatoon dental clinic offering general dentistry services. At Saskatoon Dental Group, we are dedicated to offering excellent care to our amazing patients who are like family to us. We are grateful to treat whole families in Saskatoon across multiple generations, and have a multicultural team speaking multiple languages. In our latest dental tip we discuss 6 ways to help protect your kids’ teeth this Halloween.
Halloween and Kids’ Teeth
With Halloween right around the corner, we know that means our kids will be indulging in more sugary treats than usual. If teeth aren’t properly cared for, Halloween treats can cause damage to the enamel of the teeth and lead to the formation of cavities. Here are 6 ways to help protect your kids’ teeth this Halloween:
1. Make A Plan
Before you head out trick-or-treating, make a plan as to how long you will be out and about for, as well as how much candy is allowed to be consumed on Halloween night when you return home. For safety, it may be important to instruct your child to not consume any candy until you have had a chance to check over their treat bag.
2. Set Limits On Consumption
Ensure your child is aware of how many treats are allowed per day. For some children, it might be necessary to store candy out of reach to avoid temptation.
3. Set A Treat Time
To avoid constant snacking, ensure your child knows when are the appropriate times to enjoy their Halloween treats. Perhaps limit it to once per day as frequent consumption carries a greater risk of cavities.
4. Eat A Healthy Meal
Set a good example and ensure your child knows that healthy food options should always come before treats. Consider ensuring you have a healthy meal prepared for your kids prior to trick-or-treating. A full tummy will have less room for sweets.
5. Encourage Extra Brushing and Flossing
It may be beneficial to supervise brushing and flossing, particularly on Halloween night, to ensure no sticky sweets get left behind. It is also a good idea to encourage brushing as soon as possible after candy consumption.
6. Have Fun
Childhood is so fleeting, and the fun of trick-or-treating is always a highlight. Be sure to enjoy family time this Halloween – there is more to Halloween than just candy!
Ultimately, if sugar is ingested and remains on the teeth for a prolonged period of time, the more damage it can cause. To ensure your kids’ teeth stay happy and healthy this Halloween, encourage immediate brushing and flossing after indulging in treats.
Remember that good oral health habits start at home and we encourage you to visit us once a year for a full checkup and examination. Oral health is closely tied to your overall health and wellness and often we can identify issues before they become problems.
We are always welcoming patients looking for a new dental family. If you would like to book a checkup or if you have any dental questions please do not hesitate to reach out to our team.
See you soon!