It’s that time of year again when the kids dress up to go trick-or-treating, bringing home their haul of candy. While we know Halloween only comes once a year, it can still be unsettling for many parents to watch their children gorge on candy bars, lollipops, and everything in between. However, this is also a time of year for fun, and there are ways you can teach your kids about their oral health without depriving them of their Halloween candy.
Moderation is Key
It may be a relief for many parents that Halloween only comes once a year, as the amount of sugary treats the children indulge in can be frightening. It can be difficult to allow your little one to eat more candy than usual, especially if it isn’t something you generally allow during the rest of the year. Yet, giving them one night to collect candy and enjoy it, rather than taking it away from them, can keep everyone happy. The key is to allow these treats in moderation.
As the kids come home, let them show you what they recieved. Going through candy together to decide which choice pieces they can enjoy now, and asking them about their night out, can be something to help in the discussion of when it is time to put the rest of the candy away. Many parents find that putting the candy out of sight for a while, until the post-Halloween sugar rush is over, and then giving kids one or two more pieces helps to teach children about why Halloween night is a special night. Other parents will donate leftover candy to charities. Discussing these choices with your child can also teach them about moderation.
Sugar and Teeth
You may also use this Halloween season to talk to your kids and remind them that too many sugary treats can lead to cavities. Again, talk to them in terms of moderation of sweets rather than telling them all candy is bad for them. Teach them that what they eat affects all aspects of their health, including dental hygiene. Learning about excesses may help your child make the right choices when it comes to their diet in the future.
In addition to learning about dietary choices, children should also learn the importance of brushing and flossing to keep their teeth and gums healthy. This is also a good time to remind children about why they need to see their dentist. Some parents have success with tying together eating candy and the dentist by scheduling checkups around Halloween.
If you would like to learn more about how you can speak to your kids about the dentist, we are happy to help our patients and their families. Contact Janet or Rachel at Whitmore Dental to arrange a consultation by calling Whitmore Dental at 877-779-4486. We are conveniently located at 5932 West Parker Road, Suite 600, Plano, TX 75093.