Poway and Rancho Bernardo, CA
Did you know that tooth decay affects more Americans under the age of 17 than any other chronic disease in the United States? Moderating your intake of sugary foods and drinks helps limit your child’s risk of cavities, so you can imagine the potential risks to their oral health that come every Halloween—given that the holiday revolves around candy. Halloween doesn’t have to mean overloading on sweets. Your Poway dentist at Smiles by Dr. Cook is here to suggest some Halloween treats that will keep your smile healthy this Halloween and beyond.
Things that glow in the dark: Do you have trick-or-treaters who are scared of the dark? Brighten their Halloween night and hand out glow sticks, bracelets, or necklaces that glow in the dark. These also can make your little ghouls and goblins safer at night, as you can identify them easier when out roaming the neighborhood for treats.
H2O to go: It can be easy to work up a thirst when you are going door to door trying to collect as many Halloween goodies as you can. Consider handing out bottles of water, both for the kids and the parents. This hydration on the go also can help rinse off any sugar that may accumulate on kids’ teeth if (or when) they snack on their loot.
Chewing gum: Chewing gum can be good for your teeth—if you choose sugar-free gum. Chewing sugar-free gum encourages the production of saliva, naturally rinsing away food particles and bacteria from your teeth and lowering your risk of tooth decay. Many sugar-free brands of gum carry the seal of approval from the American Dental Association.
Toys and trinkets: Who says the fun of Halloween has to end when the trick or treating does? You can head to your local discount store, or buy in bulk online, to stock up on small toys such as yo-yos, bouncy balls, or spooky finger puppets. What about Halloween accessories like vampire teeth, pirate eye patches, and plastic spider rings? Treats don’t always have to be candy, and these non-edible treats provide fun for the kids long after the trick-or-treating is done.
Arts and crafts: Most kids love letting their creativity show. Instead of candy, you could offer Halloween-themed stickers, spooky pre-inked stamps, or even some invisible ink with designs for pumpkins, ghosts, skeletons, and witches. Pencils in Halloween colors or with spooky designs can be another great option, as can Halloween inspired pencil erasers.
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This may surprise you but, according to a recent poll by the American Dental Association, 76 percent of the dentists who were surveyed actually handed out candy on Halloween—although several of those who responded said they also included information on maintaining good oral health or even a toothbrush and some floss.
At Smiles by Dr. Cook, we can care for patients of any age—even infants. We believe that proper dental care early in life sets you up for a lifetime of good oral health. Your Poway dentist Dr. Nicol Cook offers several preventive care services to provide additional defense against tooth decay and other oral health issues. These preventive treatments include fluoride and sealants, as well as diagnostic measures, which can monitor the growth of your child’s teeth, including facial growth and development.
To schedule an appointment, please call (858) 673-0141 or contact Smiles by Dr. Cook today. We welcome patients of Poway and Rancho Bernardo, California.