It’s mid-October, and your child probably won’t let you forget that halloween is quickly approaching. With the 31st falling on a Saturday this year, it looks like halloween will be especially fun in 2016 — here’s a little inspiration for what to do in and around Dallas this month. While you and your little ones are celebrating, have you given any thought to how you’ll keep your family’s smiles healthy? Good dental hygiene is more important than ever this time of year. As your dentist in Richardson, TX, we’ve got some tips for protecting teeth while still having a blast this October!
#1: Eat a full, balanced meal
Before you send your little ones off to trick or treat on Saturday night, make sure they’ve eaten a full meal. Sending them off to ask for candy while they’re hungry increases the chances that they’ll snack throughout the night. Plus, if you take the time to eat a leisurely meal together first, they’ll probably feel a little more relaxed before the excitement — which will also help them control their snacking habits.
#2: Set a game plan
Remind your child that it’s perfectly fine to indulge in sweets on a special occasion like Halloween. But at the same time, discuss how nutritious eating habits promote strong teeth and help them feel good all the time. Set a goal for how much candy they will eat through the night — like two or three pieces while trick or treating, or maybe waiting until they get home to indulge.
#3: Create a candy zone
After halloween night, you can reduce the chances that your children will mindlessly indulge or fall asleep with candy in their mouths (a significant cause of tooth decay) by stashing the candy in one room. Together with your children, decide where in the house is the candy zone, and limit its consumption to that room. Outline that the bedrooms and in front of the TV are not good places to eat candy.
#4: Consider what your own house is handing out
Of course, you can also have a good impact on your neighborhood’s oral health by carefully considering what you choose to hand out on halloween night. Avoid gooey, chewy candies (think taffy or caramels), which can easily get stuck in the chewing surface of the teeth and cause rapid decay. But you don’t have to hand out toothbrushes and mouthwash to make a healthy choice — nuts and trail mix and cereal bars are all tasty delicious treats children love.
#5: Schedule an appointment at the dentist
Take the cavity prevention an extra step by scheduling your child’s preventive checkup and cleaning in October or November. Removing plaque and tartar buildup will promote better oral health during this cavity-prone time of year. Your little one may not realize it, but she’s counting on you to protect her smile! Help her by scheduling a pre- or post-halloween checkup and cleaning with the family dentist in Richardson, TX. Request an appointment online today!