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Boo! Don’t be spooked by the thought of sugar harming your child’s teeth this Halloween. While the holiday is known for indulging in sweet treats, there’s ways to enjoy candy without risking your smile. Here are our top five tips for tooth-friendly trick or treating:
1. Be selective with your sweets
Not all sweet treats are the same. In fact, chewy, hard or sour candies are worse for teeth than other types of candy.
2. Opt for tooth-friendly alternatives
Letting kids enjoy themselves while finding a compromise can benefit their oral health in the short and long term. Here’s a few ways to balance their health and happiness:
3. Practice moderation
Moderation is key to a tooth-friendly Halloween. Try limiting the number of houses you visit while trick-or-treating to help reduce the number of sweets you collect.
When indulging, encourage small portions. Reaching for a fun-sized candy bar instead of a full-sized one will help reduce the amount of sugar consumed. Not overeating can also help avoid a stomachache! One fun way to do that is to create a “candy budget” to limit the servings your child receives each day.
4. Keep healthy habits
With snacking comes responsibility. Remember these smile-friendly tips:
5. Maintain preventive care
Schedule a dental visit for your child before the end of the year to make the most of your dental benefits. Not only are regular dental visits important to protect your child’s teeth from decay, but your dentist can also identify other health issues before they worsen.
Need a dentist near home, work or your kids' school? With one of the largest networks in the country, we make it easy to find a dentist who fits your location and your schedule.
* All TruAssure dental plans, other than Basic and Preferred dental plans, are offered in association with the DenteMax Plus dental network arrangement, which includes participating dentists from the DenteMax, United Concordia and Connection dental networks. TruAssure Basic and Preferred dental plans for both group and individual members are offered in association with the DenteMax dental network.
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