Top tips for Halloween and half term27 October 2020
Halloween is coming, and so is half term, which means it’s time to start thinking about ways to keep the kids entertained. With different levels of restrictions in place across the country, many of the usual tricks (and treats) will be off the cards… and the chilly weather that’s already creeping in isn’t helping matters either!
For many families, the current circumstances are going to mean that many half-term antics will revolve around being in the house as a family. While this is great for keeping Covid at bay, and fantastic for building family time, it’s worth giving your indoor activities a little thought.
Halloween always gives us shivers here at Crendon Dental Centre, and that’s not just because we’re scared by all of your super spooky outfits! Treats usually mean sugar and that is a dentist’s worst nightmare. While trick or treating has been banned in some areas, and encouraged against in others, we know that parents are coming up with novel ways to celebrate fright night instead.
We would suggest basing your evening around spooky films and games rather than consuming too many sweet treats! Enjoy them instead just after dinner so that they are, in effect, part of a meal. This helps to limit the acid attack teeth come under every time we eat, so sugary grazing should definitely be off your menu.
We’ve all heard that fateful cry of “I’m bored”, which is usually followed up by a request for a snack… are we right?! Boredom can often cause us (adults as well as kids) to reach for the snack cupboard so keeping interest piqued at all times is essential.
Stock up on crafts, games and films to help keep kids entertained during the half term. Don’t forget to get out and about when the weather allows; a lovely long walk will quickly help them to forget about any sugar cravings!
We also suggest sticking to a routine where possible, especially when it comes to keeping teeth clean. Brushing first thing in the morning and just before bedtime, with a toothpaste containing fluoride, for two minutes each time, will help to combat plaque and cavities, keeping those teeth nice and healthy. Don’t forget interdental cleaning too… as soon as teeth touch you can introduce flossing to your kids’ oral care regime.
Why not use the half-term to book dental check-ups for your family? It’s the perfect time while they’re off school and it gives you a great opportunity to ask us any questions you might have about their oral care.
Just give us a call on 01494 528 153 to book in… and we absolutely encourage wearing Halloween outfits to your appointments!