Well, October is officially here! Which means children across the country will be deciding what to dress up as for Halloween, and dreaming of the trick or treating haul they’ll bring in. While the occasional piece of candy is fine, too much could mean the onset of cavities. In today’s blog, we’re offering our Keller, TX, patients a few tips for protecting little smiles from cavities.
Don’t Skimp on Brushing and Flossing
Remember that year-round, children need to brush and floss daily. They should brush their teeth for about two minutes when they wake up and again before going to bed. Children should also floss every night before bed. You may need to assist or help your toddler aged and younger kids. You can also purchase small hourglass timers and even fun apps to help make the process fun!
Offer Candy Alternatives
If you’re handing out candy, why not offer something else besides sugary snacks? Many families are already doing so. Not only do they protect little smiles from cavities, but this also eases the stress of Halloween on parents with children allergic to nuts and other common candy ingredients. Try handing out stickers, temporary tattoos, or small party favors, which can typically be bought in bulk at a nearby big box store.
Offer to purchase their candy. You can weigh it and pay them a dollar per pound, or offer to let them choose a few favorite pieces and trade the rest for a mall toy. You don’t have to throw away the candy, as there are programs like Operation Gratitude that will accept donated Halloween candy!
Bring Them in For a Cleaning
Remember that in addition to brushing and flossing, kids also benefit from regular dental cleanings! If you schedule one now or after Halloween, you can also use your 2018 dental benefits before they expire!
Do You Questions About Preventing Cavities?
We will work with you to help protect your children’s smiles from the onset of cavities. For more information, schedule a consultation with your dentist by calling the office of Dr. Jeff Jenkins in Keller, TX, today at (682) 593-0993.