Make it a Sweet Halloween: Good Dental Hygiene
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Make it a Sweet Halloween: Good Dental Hygiene

“This post was sponsored by the MetLife TRICARE Dental Program as part of an Ambassador Program for Influence Central.”

Laughing woman smile with great teeth.
Laughing woman smile with great teeth.

As long as I can remember the only reason I loved Halloween was for the candy, I guess you can say growing up I had a sweet tooth. The fun behind dressing up and trick-or-treating was only to get to the sweet stuff. Having grown up in a home with parents who cared very much about dental hygiene (my mother was a hygienist when younger), could sometimes put a damper on the holiday. This of course did not mean we could not enjoy our treats, we did however learn at a very early age to eat in “moderation” and also to take proper care of our teeth.

Before becoming a mother, Halloween candy would last year round and now as a mother of 2, I understand the importance of not letting them overdo it – which can be hard when so much candy is lingering around the house. And you know you buy and keep too much candy when it is still hanging out around Easter time. 🙂

I don’t want to be the mean monster mommy who won’t let them eat candy, so I have a few tips on how to avoid a candy overload as well as helping them to understand why dental hygiene is so important.

Make it a Sweet Halloween: Good Dental Hygiene

Talk to your kids about candy and the cons…

Talk to them about candy. I am big on being honest with my kids; candy is bad for your teeth and your health which is why we must not eat so much of it. And I always make sure to explain dental hygiene after eating candy. I don’t use the dentist to scare them, but do warn them if teeth are not brushed properly, they will get cavities.

They both know that they MUST:

  • Brush TWICE a day using a soft toothbrush and toothpaste with fluoride. If they have had candy or something that make their teeth feel gritty, then they must brush afterwards as well.
  • Floss daily between teeth. This will ensure that their gums stay healthy and helps remove plaque.

They also make sure that they care for their brush:

  • They know NOT to share their toothbrushes <—- gross!
  • After brushing, they each rinse their brush out – then hang it to air dry.
  • They know that the only reason to keep their brush in a closed container is when we are traveling. ghost-brushing-teeth-199x3001

 

So we all know that running into dental issues isn’t exactly fun – it can be unexpected and very expensive!

So by enrolling your family in an affordable and reliable dental plan, you can ensure that if something does happen –  you have the coverage needed. The MetLife TRICARE Dental program provides complete dental coverage to military families at low premiums. They offer both preventive and diagnostic dental care, which includes; Two cleanings and two exams per year, within a consecutive 12-month period, at no cost to you.

So what are you waiting for? Root canals, fillings, braces? Enrollment is painless and quick, just visit www.tricare.mil/bwe to enroll or www.metlife.com/tricare for additional information. You can also call 1-855-638-8371 Sunday 6:00 p.m. – Friday 10:00 p.m. (EST) except on holidays.

Halloween doesn’t have to be terrifying, with a little prep and good information for you and your children – you can still enjoy and have healthy teeth!

Happy Halloween!

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