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5 Tips to Keep Scary Cavities Away This Halloween

I have been compensated by ACT for my time on this sponsored post, but all ideas are my own.

A friend of mine calls the time between Halloween and Easter “candy season.” Think about it – every month from now until the spring there’s at least one excuse to bring on the sweet treats. Unfortunately, with sweet treats can come cavities, especially for little ones who aren’t great about brushing their teeth.

5 Tips to Keep Scary Cavities Away This Halloween

Here are my 5 tips to lessen the chances that “candy season” will be followed by “cavity season.”

Bob for Apples

Following sweet treats with a crunchy apple isn’t only good for nutrition reasons. Eating hard fruits like apples and pears stimulates saliva, which can help protect against cavities until you can get to a toothbrush.

5 Tips to Keep Scary Cavities Away This Halloween

Swirl and Swish

Kids aren’t always great about brushing carefully. For kids ages 6 and over using a children’s mouthwash, such as ACT Kids Anticavity Rinse, can help give extra protection against cavities. ACT Kids Anticavity Rinse was ranked as the #1 recommended children’s mouthwash by pharmacists in the 2016 OTC Guide from Pharmacy Times.

Bring on the Switch Witch

One way to reduce the amount of candy your kids are eating, and thus the amount that’s stuck in their teeth is to reduce the amount of candy in the house. The Switch Witch is a great character who comes after kids have had their fill of Halloween candy. She trades the leftover candy for a toy or other wanted item. You can do this during the night on October 31st, or wait a few days. You don’t want your kids to feel deprived of their hard-earned candy, but after awhile, you just need the candy out of the house.

Flossing

Flossing can be hard for little kids. Check out some of the great new tools out there for holding the floss when little hands can’t quite do it yet. Even if flossing isn’t that effective at this point, you’re setting your little one up to have great dental hygiene habits later on.

Time Your Brushing

There’s no two ways about it. To prevent cavities, you have to brush your teeth. Kids are really bad at judging how long they’ve been brushing for. A timer can help your child get a good sense of how long he or she needs to spend brushing.

5 Tips to Keep Scary Cavities Away This Halloween

Don’t forget that you can reduce the amount of candy other kids are getting, and make dentists, parents and children with allergies happy, by handing out some non-candy treats.

Visit ACToralcare.com for more information.

Want to win a super-cute anticavity goody bag? ACT Kids recently provided me with this “Anticavity Goody Bag” and is offering one to a lucky reader, as well!

5 Tips to Keep Scary Cavities Away This Halloween

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Giveaway

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Giveaway is open only to US residents 18 years of age or older. Giveaway ends on October 27, 2016 at 11:59 p.m. CST. Winner will chosen using Random.org and will be notified via email.

This post was sponsored by ACT, but all ideas are my own.