How To Avoid Cavities This Halloween

Halloween is all about spooking people, but your teeth shouldn’t have the neighbourhood kids running!


 

Halloween is quickly approaching and dentists everywhere are ramping up for the post-Halloween cavity epidemic. Lollipops, chocolate bars, rockets, and those terrible Halloween caramels that really get stuck in your teeth: it is literally a formula for dental disasters.

So what can you do to make sure indulging in their Halloween treats doesn’t result in disappointment when your kids visit to the dentist next? Well, take care of those pearly whites of course!

The Canadian Dental Association has a few tips to allow your kids to enjoy their candy while limiting the impact on their teeth. Try to keep the number of times your kids indulge in their treats between meals to a minimum. When they need a snack, go for fruit, cheese or vegetables instead of the trick-or-treating stash.

Along the same lines, try to give them access to their treats after mealtime. Why? Well, there is more saliva in the mouth and saliva helps to wash away all those harmful sugars and acids. You can make sure the kids have a glass of water after sugar treats as this will also help wash away the sugars and acids.

Try to avoid those soft and sticky treats that have the tendency to get stuck between teeth and most importantly, ensure that your kids are brushing AND flossing before they head to bed for the night.

If your kids think that taking care of their teeth is fun, they can get excited about brushing their teeth! The new Arm & Hammer Spinbrush Super Mario Bros Toothbrush lets kids brush their teeth with their favourite Super Mario character. To make sure the toothbrush is doing what it should, look for a toothbrush that is designed with a smaller brush head (best for smaller mouths). Battery powered toothbrushes are also a great option for kids, as it makes tooth brushing time that much more fun.

To help fight against cavities, strengthen teeth and add fun to your kids brushing routine, try new Orajel Bubble Guppies Kids Anticavity Fluoride Toothpaste Gel and Manual Toothbrush. These are the perfect tools to help transition kids from fluoride-free to fruity fluoride toothpaste, while using characters from the hit television show Bubble Guppies. The manual toothbrush’s coloured bristle guide easily shows children where to place their toothpaste, while the soft bristles are gentle on young teeth and gums. Plus the handle provides a comfortable grip for little hands!

Always remember that children under the age of three should always be supervised by an adult when brushing. And never forget how important it is to instill good dental hygiene habits at an early age!

So embrace all things eerie and spooky this Halloween… with clean teeth, of course!

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