Trick-or-Treat, but don’t give sugar bugs too much to eat!

The best part about Halloween, of course, is the goodies!  However, before your children begin to eat their loot, make sure the treats are carefully examined.  Any treats that are not wrapped or their packages are torn, should be thrown away.   If your child has any fillings, crowns or spacers, remind them not to eat candies that are too hard or too sticky in order to prevent making the restorations loose.  If you find out your child has any loose crowns or spacers, contact your dentist immediately to have them re-cemented in order to prevent any movement of their teeth.  Your child should also see a dentist as soon as possible if he refuses a treat because of pain when eating or any sensitivity to sweetness.  Brushing your child’s teeth immediately after the treat is always a great preventive measure because left-over candies can stick very well on molar teeth.    It may also be a good idea for parents or children to take a spare bag to empty the goodies into if the trick-or-treat bags become too heavy.  Ask us at the Children’s Oral Care Centre for a free trick-or-treat bag! We would also like to offer suggestions regarding alternatives to sugar-based treats:   For example, sugarless Gum, stickers, tattoos, pencils, crayons, play-doh, glow sticks,  bouncy balls, mini stampers,  toy rings, bracelets, toy figurines, yo-yo, hair elastics and barrettes…………

Happy Halloween from the Children's Oral Care Centre