Here’s five tricks for dealing with Halloween treats:
Don’t deny your child the Halloween experience. This will make candy seem even more irresistible, leading them to sneak sweets and/or eat too much candy once they’re out on their own. Dr. Akavan encourages you to let your child enjoy Halloween, but go through their bags of Halloween candy together, set a limit of how much candy they can eat at a time, and remind them of cavities.
Set a treat time. This goes back to setting a limit of how much candy your child can eat at a time. Set a time of day to eat Halloween candy, this may last well after Halloween which is good because it helps promote healthy thinking about treats. Dr. Akavan says a good treat time would be shortly after mealtime. Saliva production increases during meals and helps cancel out acids produced by bacteria in your mouth and helps rinse away food particles.
Set up a teeth brushing schedule. Dr. Akavan stresses brushing and flossing soon after treat time especially for those with braces and Invisalign®. Fluoride mouth rinses also help prevent tooth decay.
Use disclosing tablets, swabs or solution. Parents can use disclosing tablets, solution or swabs to show children how well they are brushing and flossing their teeth.
Keep brushing and flossing fun. Dr. Akavan reminds that you should replace toothbrushes every three or four months. There are so many toothbrushes for children to choose from that feature cartoon characters and colorful designs. Let them pick out their own toothbrush and even their own toothpaste, just make sure to check the label for fluoride. Also, don’t forget your tooth trivia!
If you have any questions or concerns please don’t hesitate to contact Dr. Akavan at 818.345.9601. Have a safe and healthy Halloween!