Halloween is a wonderful time for kids, filled with dress-up, parties, excitement, and big bags of candy. However, probably more candy than your children’s dentist would like them to eat. Fortunately, there are things you can do to help your children enjoy all of the fun and still prevent toothaches. With a little supervision, planning, and a few tips from your dentist in Amherst, NY, you can keep your children’s smiles healthy this Halloween season.

5 Tips to Knock Out Tooth Decay at Halloween
1. Give your child small amounts of candy that may be eaten in one sitting. Allowing them to eat candy throughout the day without brushing in between promotes tooth decay.
2. Encourage them to drink plenty of water with their candy. This helps to rinse away the sugar and debris that would otherwise cling to their teeth. While juices and sodas may seem like an alternative to water, they contain sugar as well and would not be effective at fighting decay.
3. Avoid gummy or chewy candies that may get stuck in little teeth. Taffy and other gooey treats are sometimes harder to wash away with saliva or sips of water, creating an excellent environment for decay. If this is a must-have favorite for your children, be sure to have them brush and floss immediately after.
4. Use Halloween candy as a dessert. Eating a large meal encourages the production of saliva, which helps to remove bacteria and food particles. It also fills your children up with nutrients, before they can fill up with candy.
5. Supervise your children’s oral care routines closely after giving them candy. Check that they are brushing and flossing, with proper technique. Not only does this protect their teeth now, it promotes the habit of brushing after sticky or sweet snacks that can help them avoid a toothache and cavities well into adulthood.

To learn more about how you can help your child prevent tooth decay, schedule a consultation with our dentist in Amherst, NY. Dr. James Lesinski offers the pediatric dentistry services to maintain healthy little teeth, such as fluorides and sealants. Call our office today.