Halloween is around the corner which means that supermarket shelves are stocked with costumes, decorations and most of all, sweets. However, it’s also important that we do everything in our power to help avoid dental decay, especially when it comes to our loved ones.
This is a key time to deliver some important messages, especially after recent news from the Royal College of Surgeons, which indicated that tooth extractions for pre-school children have surged by 24% in just 10 years, With horrifying facts like this, perhaps it’s not the costumes we should be fearing this Halloween. This astronomical number is not only unacceptable, but it’s also easily avoidable.
Increased sugar consumption combined with ineffective and unsupervised brushing are the leading factors to the dental health crisis currently happening in the UK and as Halloween quickly becomes a permanent date in our calendars, more children will be capitalising on the opportunity to eat their favourite junk food.
Whilst these statistics might be terrifying, parents can still keep the fun in Halloween by allowing little ones to enjoy sweets wisely. Here are some tips on how to avoid the possible terror of tooth decay this season.