Brush up on your child’s oral health habits

What better time than Halloween to treat your kids to a little reminder about the importance of healthy teeth and gums. We have our Smile Club during half term; alternatively, we encourage you to book you child’s individual Junior/ Teen clean appointment. In the meantime, please keep on reading to find out some top tips for a tooth friendly Halloween.

Make a game plan

Before heading out, take a minute to talk about expectations. How many sweets will your child be allowed to eat when you get home? What will be the treats-per-day limit?

Time it right

Enjoy sweets with meals or shortly after. Saliva production increases during meals and helps cancel out acids produced by bacteria in your mouth and helps rinse away food particles.

Avoid sticky situations

Sticky sweets cling to your teeth. The stickier sweets, like gummy bears and jellies, the longer it takes for them to get washed away by saliva, increasing the risk for tooth decay.

Drink more water

Drinking fluoridated water can help prevent tooth decay. If you choose bottled water, look for kinds that are fluoridated.

Halloween with braces can be tricky

Halloween can be a nightmare for someone who wears braces, but it doesn’t have to be. Trick-or-treaters who wear braces should avoid nuts, popcorn, hard candy, caramel and other chewy sweets to keep their braces safe and intact. However, there are plenty of other things that trick-or-treaters who wear braces can enjoy – for instance, chocolate.

How to contact us

I hope you enjoyed this blog on top tips for a tooth friendly Halloween! If you’re interested in booking your Junior/ Teen clean / Smile club appointment please click on Contact Us above.