Dental Tips and Tricks for Halloween

Published on October 24th, 2018 by Michael C. Griffin, D.M.D.

With Halloween right around the corner, it’s no surprise that stores are starting to fill up with holiday-themed sugary treats. No one is more excited for the 31st than your kids, but approach the night with caution! Too much candy is detrimental to dental health. Here are a few tips and tricks from our dentist in Wrigleyville to ensure your child’s teeth are healthy and happy.

Everything in Moderation

When your kids trek home after going door-to-door, don’t immediately take their candy away from them. There’s no need to binge but denying them their treats isn’t a sustainable solution either. Instead, go through the candy bag together and have them pick out a few treats to eat that night, and a few to pack for lunch the next day.

Set a Treat Time

Instead of making candy-snacking a twenty-four seven operation, try designating a specific time for treats. If your children know that there is a set time to eat their goodies, they won’t be thinking about it all day and begging you for the bag after school.

Educate on Sweets and Teeth

Make sure to take advantage of this opportunity and talk to your kids about candy and their teeth. Remind them that too many sweets can lead to cavities and compromise their oral health. Don’t forget to encourage them to brush and floss after eating their haul, either! By teaching your kids about self-control and moderation, you’ll save yourself time, money, and trips to the dentist in Wrigleyville.

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