It’s a fun time of year for children, with Halloween giving them a chance to dress up in a costume and collect candy from neighbours. But for parents, it can be a bit stressful to monitor sugar intake from all of that Halloween candy while still letting the kids have their treats. We’re here to help you deal with those large bags of candy you now have and the children who want to devour them.
It’s All About Balance: The key to managing Halloween candy is balancing the sweets with healthy snacks. Fruits, vegetables, nuts, and other non-sugar-laden foods will help keep your kids full and not as likely to over-dose on their Halloween lot.
Set Limits: Depending on the age of your child, set a limit as to how many of their treats they can eat each day. By setting limits not only will it keep them from overloading on sugar, but it will also make their candy last longer.
Ditch The Worst Culprits: Some treats are far worse than others – for example, the sticky, tough to chew ones can wreak havoc on a child’s mouth. It’s also a good idea to remove their hard candies from their loot, especially for the younger kids. Chomping down on those can cause breakage and other tooth damage.
Stick to the Routine: A healthy oral hygiene routine is especially important when Halloween candy is involved, so make sure your children stick to theirs. Brushing at least twice per day, flossing, even using mouthwash for an extra rinse will help to clean away the sugars before they have a chance to cause cavities.
Don’t Forget The Check-Ups: Keeping up with dental appointments is always a good idea, but especially after all of that Halloween candy. Book your child’s cleaning and dental check-up at Southeast Dental in Markham, and we’ll help keep their teeth healthy and strong. Happy Halloween!