Use Candy Season to Teach Kids the Importance of Dental Care

Parents worry about their little ghosts and goblins on Halloween because you want them to stay safe, have fun, and also be healthy. With some kids pulling in pounds and pounds of sweet treats, that means a sugar buzz for the next few weeks as well as some very real health concerns. Childhood obesity is on the rise and we all know that too many sweets can contribute to tooth decay. Limiting your child’s candy intake is always a good idea but Halloween does not have to mean additional cavities. In fact, you can use this opportunity to teach your children about oral health techniques.

Teach your child that when they finish eating candy, it is a good idea to brush and floss your teeth to keep away decay. Show them the candy stuck in their teeth with a mirror and explain how cavities form. Then, demonstrate proper tooth brushing techniques including reaching all of their back teeth and at the gum line.

When you work together with your kids to make brushing and flossing a regular part of their day, it helps ensure a healthy future. Remember, that most kids need help brushing and flossing until at least the age of eight because they lack the motor skills necessary to do a thorough job on their own.

Limit Their Candy Intake

Some options to controlling the amount of candy your child consumes are to deliver their candy in smaller parcels, making sure they don’t have access to all of it at once. Instead, you could simply trade them their candy for a non-candy prize such as a new game or toy they have been asking for. That way, they can have a more meaningful reward without the risks that come from overeating sweets.

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