It’s Halloween season and no doubt, your kids are extra excited about trick-or-treating. But, as a parent, you might be thinking about how to level up your kids’ oral hygiene to tackle all those extra sugar bugs. The Innovative Pediatric Dentistry team loves to make dental care fun so here, 10 spooktacular ideas for incorporating Halloween into brushing and flossing at home.
Toothbrush And Costume Twinsies
The dental care aisle is chock-a-block full of kids’ toothbrushes. Take a look and see if there’s one that matches your kid’s costume: superhero, princess, cartoon character, monster… there might be one that complements what they’ll be wearing.
If they don’t use a sweet-flavored one already, switch up your kids’ toothpaste with a flavor that’s candy-inspired. Try one like this blue raspberry and sparkle fluoride toothpaste which gets its sweetness from xylitol (which is good for teeth) and stevia.
Kids don’t always have the best flossing habits. Understandable, since flossing can be tricky to get the hang of, especially for younger kids. But this Halloween, your kids just might sink their teeth into flossing with these creepy, black flossers. Flossers are easier to handle than a traditional string of floss and make a great intro to this necessary dental hygiene habit.
By the way, your Naperville pediatric dentists at Innovative Pediatric Dentistry are happy to show your child the best ways to floss. Our comprehensive care includes educating our patients and their families for the best at-home habits between visits. Let us know if you need some pointers from the pros!
Sweet Treat Mouthwash
Surprise your kids with a mouthwash that tastes like a sweet treat: this bubble fruit fluoride mouthwash has a yummy bubble gum flavor that will help clean away lingering bacteria after brushing and flossing.
Halloween Brushing Playlist
Brush and floss to kid-friendly Halloween classics like “Monster Mash” or “Ghostbusters.” Two minutes of brushing will fly by with a spooky soundtrack!
Another way to get kids to brush their teeth for two minutes? A scary sound timer! Ghostly whispers, witch cackles, and creaking doors will make brushing and flossing a new experience.
Stickers? Kids love’em. Reward your kids with halloween stickers to put on a sticker chart when they complete their daily oral hygiene. Or get window clings they can stick to the bathroom mirror where they brush their teeth. Once your kids reach their goals, reward them with non-sugary treats like a small toy or an activity they’ve been wanting to do.
Bewitched Toothbrush Holder
How about a Halloween-themed toothbrush and toothpaste holder? Find a witch’s cauldron to stir up some brushing and flossing excitement. Or a jack-o-lantern-looking cup or container. Or maybe a fun Halloween-themed mug or plastic cup.
A Haunted Setting
Turn the bathroom into a spidery scene! Stretch fake spider webbing across the mirror and lights, hange plastic creepy crawlies from the ceiling, and stick ghoulish window clings to the mirror, window or glass surfaces for haunted house oral hygiene.
Stop By Our Super Mario Bros Spooktacular
We’re joining downtown Naperville’s Halloween Hop! Come down to the Main Street Promenade on Saturday, October 29 from 10:00am – 12:00pm for our Super Mario Bros Spooktacular. Enjoy a meet and greet with Princess Peach and Bowser, strike your best poses for photos and indulge in sweet treats. We’ve got swag bags and candy to take home, too.
Award-Winning Pediatric Dentistry in Naperville, IL
The Innovative Pediatric Dentistry team wants your kids to both enjoy Halloween and maintain great oral health. And after all the extra fun Halloween brushing and flossing, don’t forget to continue that focus on healthy teeth.
Schedule your child’s next checkup and cleaning with your Naperville pediatric dentist. Our award-winning, advanced and gentle care will bring out the best in your kid’s smile. Naperville families love and trust us — we’re humbled to say we won “Best Dental Practice” again this year from Naperville Magazine’s Best of Naperville.