Caution! Halloween is almost here which means Goblins and Ghosts, Monsters and Vampires, Princess’s and Fireman are all preparing for overflowing Trick or Treat bags.

Candy, like anything else with sugar, is fine in moderation, but it’s important to remember that having too much can take a serious toll on our children’s dental health.

That’s why Dr. Sandra Rosenberg and staff at Sage Creek Dental Centre, would like to share their 10 Tips and Tricks to help scare off the sugar bugs this Halloween.

1. Avoid Sticky, Chewy Candy

If you can resist it, stay away from it. This is what gets caught in those grooves and pits of your teeth, which can lead to unwanted cavities.

2. Chocolate is “better”

Chocolate is still sugary, but it is less likely to stick to the grooves and pits of your teeth like a chewy candy does.

3. Avoid the Hard Candies

Hard candy can actually break your teeth; and because they stay in your mouth longer, they can contribute to tooth decay.

4. Limit Availability

To make sure you don’t overdo your candy consumption, let you children pick and choose around 15 of their favourite goodies. This way you can donate or toss the leftovers.

5. Drink more Water

Drinking water will help wash away the sugars and help prevent tooth decay.

6. Avoid Sugary Drinks

Your child is already eating more sugary treats than usual, so try to stay away from sodas, juices and other sugary drinks.

7. Give Candy as a Dessert

Eat the Halloween candy during or shortly after mealtime. We make more saliva during mealtime, which helps fight acids created by bacteria in your mouth.

8. Don’t Forget the Healthy Foods

Fruits, veggies, lean meats and whole grains – make sure your child is receiving nutrients he or she needs to keep their body, including teeth and gums healthy.

9. Remain Calm

Children who have good dental hygiene, no cavities and keep up with regular dental cleanings should be good over Halloween.

10. Brush and Floss

This goes without saying, brush and floss before bed and in the morning– especially after enjoying a treat or two. Good dental habits are one of the greatest Halloween Treats you can give your family.

You don’t have to scare your child to keep better oral hygiene this Halloween, just let them know that teeth can get dirty and it’s important to keep them clean. Keep your child’s smile wide. These 10 tips can take the fear out of the dental visit after Halloween.

Trick or Treat!

From everyone at Qualico Communities, we wish you a safe and fangtastic Halloween!