HARRISBURG, Pa., Oct. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- This Halloween, costumed children will visit their friends and neighbors in communities everywhere, and all will have the same goal in mind: to collect their weight in sugary treats. Although indulging the sweet tooth has become part of Halloween tradition, experts at United Concordia Companies, Inc. remind parents to pay particular attention to dental hygiene after kids dip into their candy sacks.
"If children eat sweets, then go to bed without flossing and brushing properly, the effect can be damaging to young teeth," said United Concordia's National Dental Director Richard Klich, DMD. "The key is moderation and establishing a brushing and flossing routine."
October is not just a time for trick-or-treating, but also National Dental Hygiene Month. Parents can keep their children smiling year-round by following some simple advice:
-- Establish and keep children on a daily flossing and brushing routine.
(Try having them brush to their favorite song -- most songs last 2-3
minutes -- this will encourage them to brush for the recommended two
minutes each time!)
-- Place a limit on how much candy children eat, and mix in healthy snacks
such as vegetables, yogurt and cheese.
-- Steer children away from candy that sticks to teeth. The best candy
choices can be chewed and swallowed quickly. (Plaque uses the sugar to
produce acids that can destroy the hard surface of teeth -- the longer
these sugars are in the mouth, the more damage can be done!)
-- Use candy as dessert instead of allowing them to graze. It's best to
eat candy after mealtimes when there is more moisture present in the
mouth to help wash away the extra sugar.
-- Make sure the candy is age appropriate. Hard candy can cause choking
and chipped teeth.
-- Finally, remember that even the smallest ghosts and goblins need dental<
|SOURCE United Concordia Companies, Inc.|
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