How Do I Safeguard My Child’s Smile This Halloween?

October has arrived! For parents, that means helping kids pick out their costumes and getting them ready for the big night. We love trick or treating, but we also know that a sudden influx of candy means a higher risk of tooth decay for kids in Omaha, NE. Fortunately, we have a few tips that just might help protect little smiles from cavities this Halloween!

Frequently Asked Questions About Halloween and Tooth Decay

Question: Can I offer candy alternatives?

Answer: You absolutely should! In fact, we often hear about parents forgoing candy in favor of stickers, temporary tattoos, or inexpensive party favors, like spider rings or little plastic skeletons. Kids still enjoy treats on Halloween night, but they don’t have to put their smiles at risk!

Question: Should I limit how many sweets my little one eats per day?

Answer: That is a great idea. Instead of letting them go hog wild until they have stomachaches and a greater risk of cavities, limit how may pieces they can have each day. You can also have them eat their candy as a post-dinner treat and wash them down with a glass of water, which helps limit the dangers posed by sugary sweets.

Question: What are buyback programs?

Answer: Programs like Operation Gratitude will accept donated candy, which they then send to troops overseas. You essentially “buy” the candy from your children, letting them sell it to you by the pound for a few dollars or a new toy.

Question: Should I schedule a visit?

Answer: Why not schedule one right after Halloween, or before for that matter? You can use your 2018 dental benefits before they expire, and we can offer preventive treatments, such as fluoride and dental sealants, to help safeguard your child’s smile.

Do You Have Questions About Tooth Decay Prevention?

Our team wants to help you and your family stay cavity-free. To find out more, schedule a consultation by calling Pacific Hills Dental in Omaha, NE, today at (402) 330-2243. We also serve the residents of Papillion, Elkhorn, La Vista, Millard, and all surrounding communities.