Did you know that there are more dental emergencies on Halloween than any other time of year?
Some dentists report an increase in urgent cases of between 10-20% after October 31st.
So many people are damaging their teeth on hard, sticky candy or over-cooked party food.
What’s more, Halloween dental emergencies don’t just involved children. More often than not, it’s adults who report problems. And guess what? A damaged tooth in an adult is A LOT worse than in a child.
It’s so important for both children and adults to take extra care of their teeth on Halloween. BRUSH and FLOSS daily as well as remove sweets that are too hard from trick-or-treat bags. Consider limiting sugar consumption each day. Try rationing the candy out. Give your child only one small piece each day – or every other day.
You can take an even safer route and cut out candy altogether. This is not as extreme as you might think.There are a ton of fun alternatives to Halloween candy that, contrary to what some parents believe, will put smiles on kids faces. Here are 5 alternatives to hand out on Halloween night.
1. Vampire teeth
2. Halloween stickers
3. Halloween-themed pencils with erasers.
4. Temporary tattoos
5. Small bottles of bubbles
The possibilities are endless!
The bottom line here is a little candy won’t hurt. A lot of candy, however, can do some serious damage in your mouth.
No matter what you decide to give out this Halloween, always go the extra mile to protect your teeth, and your children’s teeth. Halloween may be fun, but tooth decay isn’t.