Boo! How to have a fun – and tooth-friendly – Halloween!

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October 26th, 2018

Halloween may be the holiday of candy, but that doesn’t mean your child’s teeth have to suffer! It’s easy to have a fun, and a tooth-friendly, Halloween!

Know your candies

Help your child keep the sugar bugs at bay by understanding the different kinds of candies.

  • Candies that melt easily, like chocolate, are the least harmful to your teeth.
  • Chewy and hard candies can stick to a tooth’s surface and stay there.
  • Sour candies are dangerous for teeth because they are coated in acid, which increases the risk of tooth decay.

So, how can you help your child avoid candy-related cavities?

Swish with water

After eating candy – especially the sticky or sour ones – be sure to swish your mouth with water. This helps to restore the acid balance in the mouth, and to wash away the sugar particles on your child’s teeth.

Serve a big dinner

Before your child goes door-to-door, serve a hearty dinner that fills them up. This will help lessen the night-of candy binge!

Start a toothbrush tradition

To encourage your kids to brush their teeth, consider adding a new Halloween tradition this year. Have your kids pick out a new fun toothbrush a few days or a week before Halloween. Then, on Halloween night, they can trick-or-treat, eat some of their loot, and finish off the night by brushing their teeth with their new toothbrush.

Have a fun and cavity-free Halloween!