Healthy Halloween Tips

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  • When sorting through their candy, get your child to trade in their problematic treats for stickers or other little toys.
  • Eating sweets is fine when done in moderation. Keep candy in a sealed container and establish times when your child can have a treat. Immediately after meals is a good time, as there is a better flow of saliva to help wash away foods and to dilute sugar.
  • Brush and floss after snacking. If your child doesn’t have access to a toothbrush while at school or a friend’s house, give them sugarless gum to help get their saliva flowing.
  • Alternate some healthy snacks, such as vegetables, fruits, yogurts and cheeses, with Halloween treats.
  • Be sure to stick to a good oral health routine – brush and floss daily and see your dentist regularly.

Treats, Not Tricks!

Better choices:

  • Treats that are sugarless or low in sugar, not hard and easily brushed away after they are eaten.
  • Sugarless gum, peanuts, sunflower seeds, popcorn or sugarless lollipops are good treats to hand out.

Those to avoid:

  • Treats that remain in the mouth for a long time are the prime culprits behind decay-causing bacteria. Avoid sticky sweets that adhere to teeth, such as caramels, toffees and fruit roll-ups.
  • Hard candies, such as lollipops and jawbreakers, can also cause chipped teeth and may damage dental work.

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BACK TO SCHOOL SNACKS! KEEPING KIDS HEALTHY AND ALERT!

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Snacks like chips, cookies, and dried fruit stick to the teeth and are full of sugars that can cause cavities. Fresh fruits and vegetable snacks provide nutrition for good health and help keep children alert for good learning outcomes. Example of good choices  are: Walnuts and raw almonds (maybe after school since some schools are nut free), apple slices, bananas, carrot sticks, cheese, grapes, oranges and plain yogurt.
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Tips on what to pack in your child’s lunch box – Healthy Snacks – Brampton Dentists

The foods our children eat at school for lunch and snacks should be providing them with energy and nutrients to help them be alert and get through the school day. It should also provide them with nutrients that help in the their development and growth.

Our child’s teeth, gums and body need a variety of vitamins and minerals to aid in growth and health.

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Here are some back to school lunchbox ideas provided by the Ontario Dental Association

Fruits and vegetables. Citrus fruits and kiwi fruit are good sources of vitamin C — important for healthy gums. Carrots and dried apricots contain vitamin A, a nutrient essential for building strong teeth.

Cheese, yogurt and milk all contain calcium.  Cheese also stimulates saliva production which helps clear away food particles from your teeth. Low-fat yogurt (with no added sugar), cheese slices on whole-wheat crackers and small containers of milk are great options.

Protein-rich foods like meat, poultry and fish are good sources of phosphorous, which is needed for tooth development.

Smart snacking. Growing children and teens often need more than three meals a day. Smart snacking will ensure they have the energy they need to take them through the school day. Whole grains (in snacks like crackers and granola bars) and nuts provide protein, as well as being rich in magnesium and phosphorous.

Cut the cola. Opt for water, milk or pure fruit juices instead of carbonated drinks. Soda, sports drinks and sweetened fruit juices often contribute to tooth decay because of high sugar and acid content.

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