Halloween is just around the corner and with it comes an abundance of sticky and sugary candy. How do you ensure your kid enjoys the holiday and does not end up with a cavity?
Here are some helpful tips:
1. Ensure your kid brushes and flosses after having candy.
2. Look through your kid's bounty and remove the very bad candy: the super sticky ones (if they are called jawbreakers, you probably want to toss those out), the sour and sweet ones, the long lasting hard ones. The longer the candy is in the mouth the longer the bacteria in the mouth feast on it and create a cavity inducing environment.
3. Contrary to what you may think, it’s better not to ration out the candy over a long period. A little every day may seem prudent from the upset stomach point of view but might end up causing a cavity.
4. Consider letting your kid pick their favorite candy and donating the rest to the ‘Halloween Fairy’ in exchange for a sticker or toy.
5. As usual, look out this Halloween for the Evydent Tooth Fairies who will be handing out toothbrushes, floss, brushing timers, etc. to help with damage control!