How to Lessen the Blow of Halloween Candy on Your Child’s Smile

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Halloween candy can have a negative and painful effect on your child’s smile, but what are you supposed to do about it? Well, there are a few things you can do, actually! Here are some suggestions:

Divvy the candy up
When your child comes home from their trick-or-treating journey, hide their candy and only give them small amounts throughout time. This will keep your child from overloading on the treats and it will make the Halloween candy last longer.

Make a game out of it
Instead of bragging rights, have your child’s candy be the reward for a family game! This could make things exciting. Have your child earn their candy back by conquering the board and card games. This can also work with chores around the house. After your child completes a chore, give them a piece of candy. This will give them motivation to finally help you around the house!

Let your kids play tricks on you
Children experience more of the “treat” part of trick-or-treating than the “trick” part, but now is the time to change that! Have your child play tricks on you to get their Halloween candy back. If they use creative ways to trick you, give them a piece of candy each time they do so.

You can talk your child into trading their candy for a not-so-sweet reward, like a new toy or an activity they are interested in. This will save their smile from tooth decay and it will also entertain your child for days to come!

Trade candy for money
Children love filling their piggy banks with money, so why not have them trade their candy for more pennies and bills? This could be a great way to prevent tooth decay and help your child save up for a new toy they want.

Call our office today if you would like more tips and suggestions on preventing tooth decay this Halloween. We look forward to hearing from you!