5 Tips for Staying Healthy This Halloween!
Halloween is one of our favorite holidays at Platinum Dental Care! We love seeing the cute costumes of patients, putting on our own costumes, and decorating the operatories.
Because halloween candy can have a big impact on your teeth and/or the teeth of your children, it’s important to try to counteract some of the negative effects of higher sugar intake with smart habits. Let’s be honest–we’re all going to eat some halloween candy, which is totally ok! To protect your teeth, however, and avoid long-term consequences of eating sugar on October 31, here are 5 things you can do to keep your teeth in their best shape, candy or not:
1.) Have your kids eat a good meal before trick-or-treating. If your kids go trick-or-treating on an empty tummy, they are more likely to pig out on candy while you walk house to house. Avoid letting your kids eat a large amount of candy and allowing the candy to sit on their teeth for extended periods of time–if you fuel them up before trick-or-treating you can help them avoid eating to much and leaving sugar on their teeth for most of the evening.
2.) Hand out treats that aren’t candy. If you are handing out treats this year, give glow sticks or sticky hands or rubber balls–knick knacks that kids love just as much if not more than candy. This is a good way to help everyone be a little healthier and it minimizes the number of sugary treats in your own house.
3.) Don’t get too down on sweets. Acting like candy is off-limits can give kids the impression that their candy is precious and they should hoard it. Show children by example how to have self control and allow them to eat sweets in small portions. 1-2 pieces of candy a day are totally fine.
4.) Make sure to brush 30 minutes after eating candy. Brushing right after you eat a piece of candy isn’t a good idea but leaving the candy on your teeth longer than 30 minutes is worse. Try to keep tabs on when your kids eat candy so you can help them remember to brush soon after to prevent cavities!
5.) Make halloween treats together. Help create traditions with your kids that are less about sugar and more about the season. For example, rather than focusing on sweet treats, try making pumpkin soup, fresh corn cornbread, and other seasonal foods.
We hope all of our patients and wonderful communities have a healthy and safe halloween. We are now offering free exams and x-rays to all new patients so please call our office today to schedule a free exam with free x-rays. This is a wonderful time of year to enjoy the changing leaves, have fun, and take great care of your teeth!