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Halloween ideas to help avoid cavities

October 27, 2009

It’s almost Halloween, and that means the Trick-or-Treaters will be coming out!  But Halloween is also notorious for the negative effect it has on children’s teeth. Luckily there are many different treat alternatives that will make Trick-or-treating healthy and fun for everyone. First, try to avoid giving out hard or sticky candies.  These candies stay in the mouth and on the teeth for long periods of time, allowing oral bacteria more time to convert sugars into harmful acids that demineralize tooth enamel.  Instead, try giving out Chocolates which melt and leave the oral cavity very quickly.  Healthy snacks like carrots, cheese, and granola bars are a great idea as well, and can be mixed and matched with sweets to keep kids happy while also limiting their sugar intake. Giving out toothbrushes and/or toothpastes is a smart idea, but it’s nice to give the kids something they’ll enjoy as well. If you’re a parent, it’s a good idea to regulate candy consumption to maybe 3 or 4 snack times a day, like after meals for example.  This moderation keeps acids in the mouth from becoming too damaging, and will keep your kids happy with their candy for a lot longer. Most importantly, make sure your kids brush their teeth twice a day and floss once a day, it’s their best defense against plaque and cavities. If you’re looking for a great after-Halloween toothpaste for your kids, Sensodyne Pronamel for Children is just what you need.  Sensodyne Pronamel protects against acid wear caused by sugary foods, hardens the enamel, and even helps fight off cavities.  It’s the perfect choice for good “post trick-or-treat” oral care. Following just a few of these rules can go a long way in keeping kids cavity-free, and will make trick-or-treating enjoyable and worry-free for everyone.  Happy Halloween!