Many people believe that it takes a long term of bad habits for damage to occur to teeth. This is why many people don’t feel that regulating their children during the Halloween season is necessary. However, even a short few weeks of bad habits can cause issues to arise with children’s teeth. This is why it’s so important to look out for your children, even during the holiday seasons that seem so short.
It only takes mere days of inadequate oral hygiene for gums to start swelling and getting irritated. Of course, it will take months of this sort of behavior before there is enough damage to a child’s teeth that will require significant steps such as a filling. However, Halloween is the beginning of a long holiday season. First, there’s Halloween, Thanksgiving, then Christmas. This is three straight months of candy, leftover candy, parade candy, Christmas candy from stockings, etc. Then, there’s leftover candy from Christmas stockings which can make the candy and sweets consumption last beyond the three months mentioned. This means your child could very quickly pick up a cavity or obtain other issues with their teeth because there’s plenty of time to do so.
What Can I Do?
It all starts with Halloween. This means that if you begin regulating the candy and sweets consumption with this holiday, it will be easier to establish a limit for the rest of the year. You don’t have to be the mean parent, but it’s a good idea to set rules concerning the holiday season. Overall, you know your children best. Sometimes it’s best to sit down and explain to them what you’re doing and why you’re doing it. Not that you’re trying to ruin their fun, but protect them for many years to come. Here are a few rules we suggest:
- No hard candy unless it’s worn down and not chewed
- No super sticky candy such as thick caramel, sugar babies, etc.
- No more than five pieces of candy a day
- There must be an extra brushing time each day
- Water, water, water, no exception
- All of these rules count for a while at school
If you assume your child is too young to get a cavity, be aware that 28% of children at the age of 2-5 already have a cavity. You’re not a bad parent if your child gets a cavity, it happens to the best of us. However, this is why it’s so important to be aware of the dangers lurking when it comes to the Halloween season, concerning your child’s teeth. It can happen quicker and more comfortable than we think, and it will sneak up on us. In general, children learn by example. This means that if you are keeping these habits and showing them how it’s done, they will follow suit more easily.