Take care of your teeth this Halloween!

Jack-O-Lantern (2013) by Claire Jones, from The Noun Project (CC BY 3.0)

Jack-O-Lantern (2013) by Claire Jones, from The Noun Project (CC BY 3.0)

Halloween is just around the corner, and many of you have already started celebrating by getting into the Trick or Treat candy to taste test 😉

As you might expect, Halloween can be a ‘scary’ time of the year for dentists, especially pediatric dentists. The American Dental Association has 10 tips for kids (and their moms and dads) on how to keep their teeth healthy in the midst of so much sugary temptation during Halloween and year round.  Highlights include:

Eat Halloween candy and other sugary foods with meals or shortly after mealtime.

Avoid hard candy and other sweets that stay in your mouth for a long time.

Avoid sticky candies that cling to your teeth.

Drink more water.

And if you are dressing up as a vampire or other creature with fangs, dentists caution wearing these mouth pieces for too long.  They can irritate gums and food and other debris can become trapped in the mouthpiece which can lead to plaque build up which may cause cavities!

It’s important to get kids started with healthy teeth habits early and Halloween is a great time to emphasize the importance of taking care of your teeth every day!  MouthHealthyKids.org has a lot of great media resources for kids to learn about dental health and see that visiting the dentist is nothing to fear!

And if you’re still in need of a costume…here are some friendly monsters with a few last minute suggestions…

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