Halloween – A Scary Night for Children’s Teeth!

A little help and supervision can go a long way to keeping our children’s teeth healthy.

Although Halloween may not be quite as popular in the UK as in the US, there is little doubt that, like many things that originate in America, it is becoming more and more popular over here too, and the Clapham Junction and Battersea areas are no exception to this.

As well as pumpkins and ghouls and ghosts though, Halloween is perhaps best revered by young children for being an evening of overindulgence in sweets that have been gained through ‘trick or treating’. An hour or two of doing this can result in a treasure trove of sweets for children.

Responsibility

Like Christmas, there are certain events that, as parents, we may have to accept that the usual rules don’t apply, and, however strict we have been with our children over their diet for the rest of the year, these rules do sometimes get torn up during special occasions. This does not mean though that we should simply let our children gorge themselves on their gains. We may allow a little more leeway than usual but that doesn’t mean that we can’t put a limit on the amount of sweets that they have managed to get.

One method of reducing sweet consumption that some parents have found to be successful, without being seen as ‘spoilsports’, is to offer to trade some of the sweets in return for toys or comics or other popular children’s items.

Dental care

Another recommendation that we offer our  patients at the Confidental Clinic in Clapham Junction, is in the supervision of their children’s brushing habits during these times. This especially applies to younger children, but a bit of extra observation of teenagers may not go amiss too. Hyper excited children especially, are perhaps less likely to be bothered about cleaning their teeth, preferring the taste of the ‘sugary goodness’ that is sticking to their teeth after eating the sweets. As we know though, a lack of brushing, combined with sugar consumption, is one of the leading causes of dental decay of children in this country.

Bringing your children to our dental practice will also help to maintain their teeth and gums, with advice and minor treatment being all that is needed in many cases. We also recommend that you bring your children from an early age. Not only does this ensure that any early problems are dealt with, but also usually helps to ease and fears about dentists that may develop later on in life.

In addition to these benefits, advice from a professional oral health care expert is also likely to make your children take their oral health more seriously and set them on a path to keeping their teeth and gums healthy into their adult years. Like most good things in life, a little of what we like does little harm, but over indulgence in sugary items, combined with oral neglect is simply asking for trouble and toothache too.

To arrange an appointment for patients from Battersea and Clapham Junction, please call the Confidental Clinic on 020 7801 9060.