Despite the title this post is not about orthodontics or braces, but I kind of wish it was because then it would seem even more clever. As it is I am talking about preparing children and their dental hygiene skills for the upcoming candy apocalypse known affectionately as the holiday season. Halloween, I’m looking at you.
While the candy season is comprised of many major parts, namely Halloween, Christmas, Valentine’s Day, and Easter (that’s right, candy season is six months long), I think we can all agree that the former is the biggest offender when it comes to potential cavities. Halloween is a bag full of tricks and treats, and if the kids don’t take their brushing, flossing, and rinse routine as seriously as their candy hoarding then things can get ugly — by things I mean their teeth.
As you can see from the photo (above), teeth are not something we take lightly at Halloween. Also, Miles Davis was brilliant.
Perhaps you think that I am jumping the gun on my Halloween readiness talk, after all, it is only early September, but take a walk through the store of your choice and you will see that the candy is here, and it will be consumed. Oh yes, it will be consumed.
And therein lies both the warning and the advice that I am giving my own children: Chalk up on the brushes, boys. It’s going to be a long, sweet season, and I want those teeth to come out smiling.
I received products from Johnson & Johnson as part of my participation in the LISTERINE® Kids Cavity-Free School Year Program. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this post are my own. Click here to see more of the discussion.
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