Happy Halloween from Kabani Dental!
It’s one of the most beloved holidays of the year for children, but their teeth’s worst nightmare. It can even be a temptation for otherwise healthy adults when there is an abundance of candy lying around the house.
While we want you to join everything the season has to offer, we encourage you to be mindful of the treats you and your loved ones are enjoying. Here are some tips on how to protect your teeth, and those of your visitors, for many more holidays to come.
Hand Out Mindful Portions
Even we remember how exciting it was to get a full-size candy bar on Halloween night. For many families, having the best decorations or candy selection has become a full-blown competition. Try not to overdo it by loading your trick-or-treaters up with sugar – this can have negative, long-term effects on their dental health. Set a good example in your neighborhood by keeping the sweets to a minimum and promoting good oral hygiene. They’ll thank you for it later.
Look into Sugar-Free Alternatives
Did you know there are sugar-free alternatives for many of the brand names you know and love? Hershey, Reese’s, Jolly Rancher, Jelly Belly… the list goes on. Consider losing the sugar this Halloween and handing out something more enamel-friendly. You can purchase sugar-free candy at your local connivence store or through online retailers like Amazon. It will still have an impact on teeth and gums, but at least you’ll be making an active effort to cut back on sugar.
Consider a New Approach
Not all party favors come in the size and shape of a candy wrapper. Young children will be equally happy with a healthier substitute, like a Halloween-themed pencil, sticker, or ring. Keep in mind that many of them will already have a pillowcase full of candy, so they might actually enjoy something different and exciting.
Stick with Your Routine
There’s a lot going on during Halloween night. Kids are up past their curfew (in no thanks to the sugar high they’re likely experiencing), you’re trying to restore order to your wrapper-filled living room, and you may get some late-night trick-or-treaters. But don’t let all of the chaos and excitement of the evening distract you from practicing good oral hygiene. Brushing your teeth before bed will help remove the sugars and starches that you have accumulated throughout the night.
It’s important to be mindful of your dental health throughout the year, but particularly during the holiday season. It’s the easiest time to get distracted and break from your dental care routine, whether it’s intentional or not. We wish you a very Happy Halloween once again and hope to see many of you in the near future!