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Sweet Ways to Survive Halloween Candy

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Learn about how you can teach your child to not overeat Halloween candy and ways to break the sweet tooth habit.

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Sweet Ways to Survive Halloween Candy

  1. 1. 1 Sweet ways to survive Halloween candy Brought to you by Nebraska Family Dentistry
  2. 2. Talk to your children early ○ Let your children know before heading out what the plan is for when they return with their full bucket of candy. ○ Discuss the importance of limiting sugary foods before they head out to enjoy the holiday. 2
  3. 3. 3 Choose the Right type of candy ○ Avoid candy that is hard and stays in the mouth for long amounts of time. - The longer teeth are exposed the more prone the mouth is to cavities. - Chocolate is more preferable because it dissolves quickly in the mouth. ○ Avoid candy that is sticky. - Sticky candy will stay on the teeth longer and is harder for your child to brush off. - The longer candy sticks to the teeth the longer your teeth are fighting the bacteria that causes cavities.
  4. 4. Choose the right time to eat candy or sugars ○ Following a meal is the best time - If you are not as hungry you wont eat as much. - Saliva production is increased during mealtimes which will help your teeth recover from the candy. - You can also consume candy or sugars with a meal instead of following the meal, eating a meal full of protein will help to keep your child’s sugar level stable. 4
  5. 5. 5 Do the Right things AFTER ○ Rinsing your mouth with water - Water in Lincoln has fluoride , which will help repair and protect your teeth ○ Chewing sugar-free gum after candy/sugars - Helps stimulate saliva flow - Helps remove candy residue - Choose an ADA approved gum - Gum with xylitol can help fight cavities
  6. 6. Most important ○ Maintaining optimal homecare - This, more than anything else, will help you survive the Halloween spookiness that comes with all the Candy! - Brushing 2x daily for a minimum of 2 min each time - Flossing daily - Using a mouthwash with fluoride (Listerine Total Care or Act) - Seeing your dentist at least every 6 months for a cleaning and check up 6
  7. 7. 7 If all else fails – or to just avoid the candy! We will buy it from your child Offer your children a sugar-free reward for their candy! For the fifth consecutive year, all of the locations of Nebraska Family Dentistry will be hosting an annual candy buy-back. Kids can bring their extra Halloween candy at any of our locations and earn $0.50 per lb.
  8. 8. 8 Nebraska Family Dentistry locations participating in Candy Buy Back 2018 program: East Lincoln Candy Buy Back Dental Office - Preserve Family Dentistry South Lincoln Candy Buy Back Dental Office - Southpointe Dental North Lincoln Candy Buy Back Dental Office - Northstar Dental Central Lincoln Candy Buy Back Dental Office - Lincoln Family Dentistry West Lincoln Candy Buy Back Dental Office - Coddington Dental

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