Happy Halloween from all of us at Palos Pediatric Dentistry!
While you're out trick-or-treating with your little ghosts, goblins, and skeletons, here's a few tips to help keep you and your family safe:
Try to get out while it is still light out. But, be prepared just in case it gets dark before you get back home. Wear light-colored clothing so that you are visible to motorists. If your child has a dark-colored costume, use some reflective tape to make him more visible.
Bring a flashlight! Be sure that any vehicles approaching from in front or behind can see you and your kids!
Carry your cell phone with you in case of emergency.
Of course, we have to keep those little teeth in mind too! And it's unrealistic to expect your children to stay away from all of the candy given the many temptations during Halloween. Here's some ideas to help keep your child's teeth healthy during a candy-filled holiday:
Be sure to feed your child a full, well-balanced meal before heading out to trick-or-treat. This may help to fill them up and consume less candy.
When you get home for the night, empty your child's candy bag on the dining room table. Sort through the candy to be sure that it is all individually wrapped, and that none of the seals are broken. While tampering with candy is certainly rare, it's better to be safe than sorry.
This will also give you a great chance to sort the candy based on how bad it is for your child's teeth. We recommend sorting the candy into two piles – a “sticky” pile and a “not sticky” pile. Get rid of all of the sticky sweets – these are the types of candy that cause the most problems. Here are some examples:
Sticky: fruit snacks, Starburst, Skittles, taffy, caramel, Tootsie Rolls, swedish fish, Butterfinger, gummy bears, Dots
Less sticky: chocolate, M&Ms, Three Musketeers, Snickers, Milky Way, Kit Kat, Reese's, Crunch, Mounds
When the time comes to enjoy the candy, it is better to have one piece immediately following a meal rather than at a separate time. Brushing teeth right after eating candy is the best plan, but may not always be possible. When you're not able to brush your child's teeth right away, have them drink some water afterward to rinse some of the sugar off their teeth.
WE WISH YOU AND YOUR FAMILY A SAFE AND HAPPY HALLOWEEN!