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Halloween tooth care tips

Halloween is almost upon us. The days are getting shorter, the nights are getting colder, and the aroma of pumpkin-spiced latte greets you from every coffee shop. This year, after an enforced hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic, the annual tradition of trick or treating is also set to make a return. Although technically a Pagan celebration of the spirits, there is one thing that Halloween seems to stand out for now – sweets! In fact, a quick glance inside any shop and you will be confronted with enough sugar to send shivers down the spine of any tooth-conscious parent. So what can you do to help keep the sugar levels down during half term and Halloween to make sure your children keep their teeth in tip-top condition? Here are a few ideas.

Fang friendly foods

A great way to have some healthy family fun during Halloween is to experiment with creating some sugar-free fang friendly foods for the family to share. Why not enjoy the fun without putting teeth at risk? Plus, cooking is a great way to spend time together when the weather is not so favourable – but this doesn’t have to mean mountains of sugar. 

There are plenty of recipes for devilish delights to be found online, from creepy cup cakes to spooky snacks. Take some time to research recipes that are based on sugar free or low sugar ingredients to reduce the risk to your children’s teeth – or experiment with your own substitutes if you are more confident in the kitchen. Dark chocolate has a lower sugar content and can be a great alternative to milk chocolate, while fruits such as dates can often be used as a substitute for processed sugar.

When it comes to trick or treat, there are plenty of natural alternatives to processed sweets too. Nuts, dried fruit and fresh fruit are all perfectly suitable to give out to your local ghosts and ghouls.

Get Crafty

Looking for a crafty way to keep the kids away from the sweets and snacks this half term? Why not have a go at some Halloween handicraft? It’s great fun for the kids (and adults!). Why not create your own unique costumes, decorations and more for a fraction of the cost of buying them? Even if you do not consider yourself the most creative or imaginative person, there are endless ideas available online to keep little minds and hands busy. 

You could even add an extra educational dimension by getting the kids to recycle and repurpose materials from around the house.

A final word

Making sure your children brush their gnashers twice a day for at least two minutes is extremely important – especially if they have been indulging a little more than usual as is inevitable at Halloween. It is important to ensure that kids don’t skip the tooth-brushing regime during the half term break, which can easily happen when they stay up a little later than usual and the routine tends to be more relaxed. For maximum protection, make sure they use a fluoride toothpaste.

Here at Oak Mount Dental Practice in Didsbury, we pride ourselves in offering excellent dental care for the whole family in a friendly and caring environment. To book an appointment for your family now or to enquire about joining the practice, call us on Preston 0161 445 1211.

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