Halloween tooth care tips
Posted 20th October, 2017
It’s almost half term, and Halloween is just around the corner. Venture into any shop and you’ll be faced with all manner of ghastly, ghostly surprises and an endless array of spooky sweets and treats. Even if you are not easily scared, the sight of all that sugar is enough to put shivers in the spine of any tooth-conscious parent. And that’s before we even mention the traditional trick-or-treating… So how can you help to keep the sugar levels down during half term and Halloween and help your children to keep their teeth in tip-top condition? Here are a few ideas.
A great way to have some family fun during Halloween is to experiment with creating some fang-tastic foods for the family to share. Whether you are planning to host a haunted house party or simply enjoying creating some devilish delights for the family to share, cooking is a great way to spend time together when the weather is not so favourable. It’s also a great way to ensure that your children get their fangs into some more tooth-friendly treats.
From creepy cakes to spooky snacks, take some time to research recipes that are based on sugar-free or low sugar ingredients. This will reduce the risk to your children’s teeth. Dark chocolate, with its lower sugar content, can be a great alternative to milk chocolate and some fruits such as dates can be used as a substitute for processed sugar to help make your creepy creations healthier.
There is also plenty of fun to be had with natural alternatives to processed sweets and snacks. Nuts, dried fruit and fresh fruit are all ideal for some frightful fun. Don’t overlook how much Halloween fun can also be had with seasonal vegetables for both main meals and snacks too. Even pumpkin can be used to cook a range of delicious, nutritious snacks.
To keep your children’s teeth healthy, it is recommended that sweet snacks and foods are consumed at mealtimes wherever possible to reduce the amount of time that your children’s teeth are exposed to sugar.
One of the best ways to keep the kids away from the sweets and snacks that surround them at Halloween is to keep them busy and distracted – and some Halloween handicraft is one of the best ways to do this. It’s also a great way to create costumes, decorations and more for a fraction of the cost. Even if you do not consider yourself the most creative or imaginative person, there are endless ideas available online to keep little minds and hands busy.
Recycling and repurposing materials from around the house can also turn this into a low cost and educational activity to keep the kids totally engaged.
Don’t neglect the gnashers
Making sure your children brush those monstrous little gnashers twice a day for at least two minutes is extremely important – especially if they have been indulging a little more than usual as is inevitable at halloween. It is also important to ensure that kids don’t skip the tooth-brushing regime during the half term break which can easily happen when they stay up a little later than usual and the routine tends to be more relaxed. Also be sure to make sure they use a fluoride toothpaste for maximum protection
Here at Gwersyllt Dental Care in Wrexham, we pride ourselves in offering a friendly and caring environment for the whole family. If you have any concerns about your childrens’ teeth, we are more than happy to discuss them with you and arrange a visit with a dentist as required. To book an appointment for your family now or to enquire about joining the practice, call us on Preston 01978 757409 or click here to contact us online.