If you want your child to stay healthy, and if you want their smile to look its best, encouraging good oral health habits should be your priority. At our Upton, MA dental practice, we can help with this by offering guidance on better brushing and flossing, as well as by giving kids thorough evaluations and cleanings during their appointments. Between every visit, you can help them by providing smart, healthy meals and snacks, as well as by encouraging good brushing and flossing. While good behaviors matter all year long, smart oral health behaviors can be especially important around Halloween. Even with a good routine in place, it is important to limit how much sugar kids consume. Putting smart limits on Halloween candy consumption can ensure your kids finish the year with bright, healthy smiles!
Cavities Can Spoil The Fun Of Halloween
Halloween can be a great holiday for people of all ages. Decorations, costumes, and plenty of fun seasonal activities can fill your October with fun. Unfortunately, the link between Halloween and candy can make this a less than ideal time for our teeth. With so much added sugar in our daily lives, people are more likely to develop cavities, and require restorative dental work. Parents and kids alike can have a hard time ignoring the treats that are all around us, but kids can be especially prone to overeating, particularly when they have a candy stash after trick-or-treating. Because of this, you should establish rules about how much they can eat per day, and make sure they are sticking with that rule.
Making Arrangements With Your Kids To Limit How Much Halloween Candy They Consume
While it is important to establish good dietary habits with kids, you should put some specific guidelines in place when it comes to Halloween and trick-or-treating. Holding them to a set number of treats per day (and keeping that number small) can ensure they do not experience troubles with decay in the near future. If you want to create a more fun experience for them, consider setting up a trade system, where they can offer up their candy in exchange for something else that they might want.
This Is A Great Time To Help Young Kids With Brushing And Flossing
Even if you are monitoring what your kids eat, they may have more access to candy when you are not around than you realize. For younger kids who are still learning good brushing and flossing habits, October is a great time to check in on their teeth cleaning sessions. Offering them guidance, and making sure they are being diligent about taking care of their teeth, can protect them from smile troubles!
Dr. Goguen Can Help Your Kids Keep Their Teeth In Great Health!
At our Upton, MA dental practice, Dr. Goguen is ready to take care of patients of all ages! We are prepared to help parents and kids take great care of their teeth, and enjoy life with bright, healthy smiles! For more information, contact Upton Dental at 508-529-4591 to schedule a visit.