Halloween is quickly approaching, and though your little ghouls and ghosts may want to feast on the spoils of their trick-or-treating with abandon, Dr. Tim Woodruff and our team recommend against it. To prevent cavities at this time of year, form a plan. This plan should protect your little monster’s smile, but still allow him or her to enjoy the fun of Halloween.
As you know, Halloween involves candy—lots and lots of candy. If you let your child graze on candy from sunup to sundown, his or her teeth will be coated in sugars that bacteria convert to cavity-causing acid all day. Instead of letting your child graze like this, allow a short candy feast at night and make sure he or she brushes their teeth before bed.
Brush Away the Sugar
Don’t let your child forget to brush their teeth because of all of the excitement! Make sure that your ghouls and ghosts brush their teeth twice a day for at least two minutes with fluoride toothpaste. Your little monsters should also floss once a day.
To keep your child from pigging out on sweets while still letting him or her enjoy trick-or-treating, consider having candy swaps. If your child swaps in a predetermined amount of candy, they can get a small toy, or even a nicer toy that they’ve been wanting for a while. Candy could also be swapped for things like a trip to the playground.
If you would like more Halloween tips and to set up your child’s next visit with Dr. Tim Woodruff, contact Woodruff Family Dental at 870-972-8190 today. Our dentist and team in Jonesboro, Arkansas, are happy to help you form your Halloween plan of attack against cavities!