Monday, October 27, 2014

Halloween Tricks and Treats for Healthy Teeth, from Arm & Hammer

Halloween images, Jack o'lanterns, zombies
Halloween candy
One kid does not need this much

Hallowe'en is almost here!! Squee!! This holiday is second only to Christmas for me. Scary movies, haunted houses, costumes, carving pumpkins, I love it all.  We decorated this past weekend, which is a little late for us, but life is busy. Boo was stoked to put out our headstones and hang our ghosts. And he can't wait until Friday to don his Ninja costume for his Hallowe'en party at school, then run home for our traditional, quick & easy pizza delivery dinner before hitting the streets for trick or treating.

Our tradition is that Daddy stays home and hands out the goodies, while Mommy and Boo do the neighbourhood rounds. Some years it's been mild, others it's been cold and rainy. But every year we have a great time, seeing the other kids in costume, chatting with neighbours, and bumping into his friends from school. I think that's my favourite part. The social bit. We often end the evening on a friend's front porch for a chat and a rest before heading home to count the loot and get ready for bed.

Do your kids sample their Hallowe'en treats that night? Boo does for sure. I think it's an important part of the fun. We dump his bag and sort it out, just like my brother and I did when we were little, and he can pick a couple of sweets to have before bed, which is something he normally would not be allowed. Candy at bedtime? Nuh-uh . This year will be interesting, since Hallowe'en falls on a Friday. Since he doesn't have to go to school the next day we may pick out a few extra to enjoy while we watch a movie.

Needless to say - we make extra sure he brushes his teeth before bed after sampling his sweet and sticky candy treats! Unless you're keen on toothaches and dentist bills, Hallowe'en is a pretty important time for excellent brushing habits.

Orajel, Oral-B, Brush Your Teeth, #spon

Do your kids balk at brushing their teeth? We all know this is a non-negotiable, so having the right tools to entice the wee ones is a great help. Every parent needs a few tricks up their sleeve to ensure cooperation.

Our little Mario fan is fond of the new Arm & Hammer™ Spinbrush™ Super Mario Bros™ Toothbrush line, which lets kids brush their teeth with their favourite Super Mario character. Of course, with any kids brush, it’s important that the design works for their unique needs, so look for a toothbrush that is designed with a smaller brush head (best for smaller mouths) and a brush head that helps remove plaque and massage gums. Battery powered toothbrushes are a great option for kids, because they add a fun factor and make tooth brushing time more efficient.

If your little one isn't ready yet for a battery-powered brush, try new Orajel™ Bubble Guppies™ Kids Anticavity Fluoride Toothpaste Gel and Manual Toothbrush. These are the perfect tools to help transition kids from fluoride-free to fruity fluoride toothpaste, while using characters from the hit television show Bubble Guppies. Preschoolers love the Bubble Guppies! Bonus - the manual toothbrush’s coloured bristle guide easily shows children where to place their toothpaste, while the soft bristles are gentle on young teeth and gums. Plus the handle provides a comfortable grip for little hands. Remember - children under the age of three should always be supervised by an adult when brushing.

And if you find yourself dipping into the treats a few too many times, Orajel™ has what you need to make sure your sweet tooth doesn't cause you pain. With Orajel™ Maximum Strength Toothache Pain Relief Gel, you can enjoy sweets and know that if a stubborn toothache happens as a result, you will be able to get instant relief. Whew!

So, enjoy the sweet and scary wonders of Hallowe'en, and don't forget to look after those pearly whites too!

For more information on the full line of dental care from Arm & Hammer, please visit

Disclosure: I am a member of the Church & Dwight Ambassador Program, and as such receive special perks, products, and other compensation for my participation. All opinions on this blog, as always, remain my own.

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