Halloween is an exciting time of the year for children, especially when it comes to the candy! The question parents seem to ask the most after all the trick-or-treating is done, is “How do I manage the amount of candy my child eats?”
Here are five teeth-saving solutions we have for parents this Halloween:
- Donate Your Candy. Less is more when it comes to the sugar content in candy. Have your family pick out their favorite candy and donate the rest to a good cause. Champagne Pediatric Dentistry will be hosting a Candy Give Back program at our Sparks and South Meadows offices to support a program called Operation Gratitude, which benefits our troops, veterans and first responders. See below for more information.
- Stay Away from Sticky Candy. Sticky candies such as taffy or other chewy-types of candy stay longer on the teeth, increasing the risk of cavities. According to the American Dental Association, a healthier option would be chocolate candy because it washes off of teeth easier.
- Don’t Eat It All at Once. Eating candy in moderation over several weeks is way more beneficial for your child’s teeth versus eating it all on Halloween night or the day after. The longer amount of time your child eats candy, the longer sugar stays on the teeth and has time to do damage.
- Always Brush and Floss After Eating Candy. You might think this is a no brainer but after all of the festivities on Halloween, children and parents get tired and forget about priorities. If there is any night to remind your child to brush his or her teeth, this is the one!
- Drink Plenty of Water. Drinking water helps your mouth to produce more bacteria-fighting saliva and wash away bacteria before it sticks to plaque.
Get Paid for Candy
Champagne Pediatric Dentistry’s Candy Give Back Program will be held from Nov. 4 – 7. Visit our offices at either 735 Sparks Blvd. in Sparks or 9598 Prototype Ct. Ste. A near Sprouts in South Meadows, Reno.
Here are a few details about the program:
- Please donate individually wrapped, fun-sized candy only
- We welcome handwritten thank you letters and
drawings for service members, veterans and first responders. We’ll gladly ship them to Operation Gratitude on your behalf.
- Feel free to donate pens and mechanical pencils as well and we’ll ship them!
We hope you can use these dental care tips, and enjoy participating in this fun Halloween event to keep your child’s teeth healthy and to bring some joy to America’s troops, veterans, and first responders!