What’s a monster’s favourite bean? A human bean.
Where does a ghost go on Saturday night? Anywhere where he can boo-gie.
What time was the VAMPIRE’S dentist appointment? Tooth-thirty.
What did the VAMPIRE say after he visited the dentist? Fangs very much!
Ok, those jokes are pretty bad! But Halloween is here on the 31st of October, which for most children means free lollies, chocolate and a chance to build a stockpile of treats (at least, it was for me!).
No surprise, Halloween can also offer parents a tough health situation, so here are 10 tips to help your children’s teeth during Halloween.
Time It Right
Eat Halloween lollies (and other sugary foods) with meals or shortly after mealtime. Saliva production increases during meals and helps cancel out acids produced by bacteria in your mouth and helps rinse away food particles.
Choose Lollies Carefully
Avoid hard lollies and other sweets that stay in your mouth for a long time. Aside from how often you snack, the length of time sugary food is in your mouth plays a role in tooth decay.
Avoid Sticky Situations
Sticky lollies cling to your teeth. The stickier candies, like gummy bears and lollypops take longer to get washed away by saliva, increasing the risk for tooth decay.
Drink More Water
Drinking water can help prevent tooth decay by washing away bacteria.
Maintain a Healthy Diet
Treat your body like a temple. If you know Halloween is going to be a blow-out, try to eat as healthily as you can in the lead up so your general health, teeth and gums are starting from the best possible position.
Stay Away from Sugary Drinks
This includes sodas, sports drinks and orange juice. When teeth come in frequent contact with sugary drinks, the risk of tooth decay is increased.
Chewing gum for 20 minutes after meals helps reduce tooth decay by increasing the saliva which helps wash out food and neutralise the acid produced by dental plaque bacteria.
Brush Twice a Day
Brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes with a toothbrush that gets replaced every 3-4 months.
Clean Between Your Teeth
Floss once a day, and don’t pick favourites because just like children all teeth are special! Decay-causing bacteria get between teeth where the toothbrush can’t reach, so flossing is ultra-important.
Visit a Dentist
Regular visits to your dentist can help prevent problems from occurring and catch those that do ‘trick’ us.