Halloween is just around the corner, and that means candy is everywhere. It’s a holiday that many children look forward to, but also a time when Halloween parties and trick-or-treating are more likely to interrupt you and your child’s oral health routines. We’re here to help with some useful tips to stay on track with managing your child’s oral health this Halloween.

The Importance of Brushing and Flossing

healthy mind, body, and smile are connected, and healthy teeth are fundamental to your child’s overall well-being. Cavities are the most common of preventable childhood diseases. An oral health routine that includes brushing for two minutes and flossing regularly will help keep plaque buildup and cavities at bay. Experts recommend brushing each tooth in small circles on the front, back, and top, which can be tricky for kids. However, brushing your teeth with your child can make it fun and thorough.

Best and Worst Candy for Your Child

We don’t want to discourage anyone from treating their sweet tooth. The goal is to keep your child’s teeth happy and healthy without taking the fun out Halloween. We know candy, treats, sweets, and sugary drinks can cause cavities, but some are worse than others. Here are some tips that are sure to scare away Halloween candy cavities:

  • Use moderation: Opt for “fun size” candy bars. These smaller portions contain less sugar than their full-size counterparts. Chocolate is the best option.
  • Drink water: Limit sugary drinks and reach for water instead. Water helps rinse away the sugar clinging to teeth.
  • Avoid sticky or chewy candy: Candy that is especially sticky is more difficult to remove with brushing and flossing and can remain on the teeth for prolonged periods, speeding up decay.
  • Chew sugar-free gum: Chewing sugar-free gum with xylitol increases saliva flow that washes away bacteria. Xylitol blocks the production of decay-causing acid.
  • Brush teeth soon after eating candy: Have your child brush as soon after eating candy as possible.

Working with Your Provider

Making sure your child is brushing and flossing regularly, limiting sugary drinks, snacking healthfully whenever possible, and keeping up with their recommended check-ups will get you through Halloween without giving your dentist a fright.