Sweet Tips for Halloween Success with Your Kids

 

Halloween is a favorite holiday of most kids, but for their dentists, it’s a very different story! Here are some tips for you and your kids to enjoy the holiday and still keep those teeth healthy!

 

Make the holiday about more than just candy

 

There are amazing Halloween crafts that you can do with your kids- check out marthastewart.com or kaboose.com for some great ideas! Trick or Treat for Unicef has been around for many years and is a great way to teach your kids about giving to those who are in need all over the world. Check out http://youth.unicefusa.org/ for more information.

 

Help Make Good Choices

 

Talk about eating healthy snacks and why they are better choices. Carrots, cheese and apples are all great teeth-friendly snack options- have them cut up and ready for your kids. Talk about how Halloween is once a year and it is a chance to indulge, but responsibly! Chocolate is a much better option than sticky, chewy treats. And of course, practice what you preach- kids will definitely learn more by seeing you following your own advice!

 

Moderation

 

I am a big believer that if you forbid your kids from having sweets, they will only want them more: think Johnny Depp’s Willy Wonka in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. One approach that works is allowing a bit more indulgence on the holiday itself, and rationing out one or two pieces of candy per day for the next week. Then throw out or give away the leftovers. Some dentists will even have a “Halloween candy buy back” program where they will buy what’s left in exchange for cash! Of course, please make sure that your kids keep up with their regular oral hygiene routine even on Halloween!

 

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

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Dr. Gelman lives in midtown Manhattan with her husband Shimon Shkury and her son Ariel Moshe who was born in July 2009. Dr. Gelman is dedicated to providing pediatric dental care in a warm, nurturing environment. She looks forward to welcoming you to her practice!