KUSA - Did you know tooth decay is the No. 1 chronic disease of early childhood in Colorado? Tooth decay is five times more common than asthma and can lead to painful cavities, missed schools days and many other problems affecting a child's development and self-esteem. Cavities are preventable in nearly every case.
With Halloween and a season of sweet treats upon us, it's important for parents to know how they can help protect their kids' teeth from decay. Here are some tips for families to adopt this Halloween season.
1. First things first! Separate the good candy from the bad candy. Consider discarding sticky, chewy candies, which can be hard on your child's teeth. Instead, allow your child to eat candy, such as chocolate, that dissolves in her mouth.
2. Set a designated time each day for your child to eat her Halloween candy. Don't allow your child to graze on candy all day. When kids graze on candy all day, their teeth get bathed in sugar over a long period of time-and that can lead to decay and painful cavities. Remember that high-sugar foods are detrimental to oral and overall health in kids and adults.
3. Brush together immediately after your child has eaten her candy. By brushing together, you're ensuring your child's teeth are clean from all that decay-causing sugar and you're also modeling healthy behaviors. Plus, it can be a lot of fun!
Parents might also want to consider giving trick-or-treaters something other than candy. Did you know almost one in four parents hand out non-candy items, such as toys, money or fruit?
Remember, brushing your teeth together with your kids - at the same time - is one of the most important things you can do to help prevent painful childhood tooth decay.
Visit http://www.BrushwithMe.com or http://www.cepillaconmigo.com for Halloween candy tips and more information on brushing together.
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