Stay Healthy this Halloween (and Keep your Dentist Happy, too)

Halloween is a fun and exciting time for children and adults alike! However, the candy-centric holiday can be absolutely frightening when it comes to dental health. Sugar (and plenty of it!) is hard to escape this time of year.

Here are some tips for enjoying Halloween while keeping your dental wellbeing in mind!

Fill Up
Before heading out for an evening of trick or treating, gather the family around for a nice healthy meal that includes plenty of veggies and protein. The more satisfied you feel thanks to real food, the more reasonable you’ll be with your candy consumption later on. This will help curb the “junk food for dinner” temptation that kids love so much.

Think Small
Don’t head out into the night armed with obscenely large receptacles such as standard size pillowcases. You’re only setting yourself up for sugary defeat. Allow children to only bring a smaller container each in which to collect their treats. These containers will fill up quicker and signal a successful haul sooner.

Set a Limit
Schedule a specific cut-off time when it comes to Halloween night consumption. After that, it’s your night time dental routine and then off to bed – no excuses!

Act Fast
To help minimize damage from the candy onslaught, be sure to floss and brush immediately after the night’s feast. Stop the sugary bacteria in its tracks and ensure a healthier mouth.

Ration it Out
Set a certain number of candy pieces that are allowed to be eaten each day until the supply runs out. Once it’s gone, it’s gone! This will help limit daily sugar intake and avoid an initial splurge. Try pairing each candy session with something a bit healthier, such as apples or celery with peanut butter.

It IS possible to enjoy your Halloween goodies while still keeping your dentist happy. Just remember to eat real food, set boundaries with candy consumptions and brush as soon as possible. Your mouth will thank you!

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