It’s fall y’all! If you live in Florida like I do, it may not FEEL like fall just yet, but the calendar says it is, so it’s time to get in the spirit. Our fall calendar is always filled with fun. School is back in session. The kids are hitting the books and getting ready for homecoming. Fall baseball and softball are in full swing. We spend most of our time at the fields.
On our off days we love to visit fall festivals, eat anything pumpkin flavored, and visit the local theme parks for all the awesome fall decor and entertainment.
This year we started fall early by heading to Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party in August. We definitely got a jump on fall weeks before everyone else. We enjoyed some delicious baked treats on Main Street.
We definitely got our fill of treats and candy. All of us went home with bags full of delicious Halloween favorites.
The Magic Kingdom does Halloween right. And, they are not shy about giving away ALL the candy. Thankfully, we didn’t have school the next day, so we were able to recover from our sugar comas and I put the candy out of reach so I can control just how much they eat over the next few weeks.
With a dentist for a grandpa, we are sure to keep sweets to a minimum. He loves his candy too. And he has told my kids, and all of his pediatric patients, they can enjoy a little candy now and then as long as they are brushing, flossing, and rinsing properly.
With all the fall activities that tend to include extra treats and candy, it’s a good time to work on enforcing the kids oral hygiene routines.
Oral health is a priority in our home. If you have kids you know that brushing time can be a challenge. I remember when my kids were babies and loved to brush their teeth, aka gnaw on a toothbrush. As they got older we had a great routine. Then, they hit an age where they took over their own hygiene and it became challenging again!
We make brushing a habit in our house. They are too old to earn stickers or stars on a chart, but they are the perfect age to teach and show pictures of the importance of oral hygiene.
Plus, this kiddo is at the age where he is starting to notice girls. So, smelling good and having a pearly white smile is pretty important to him now.
Let’s not tell him I told you that! We also have braces now. So, we have added a water flosser into our routine.
I am definitely very honest with my kids now about what will happen if they slack on their brushing and flossing. They are 10-17, so they can handle seeing pictures of what will happen to their teeth and gums if they don’t take it seriously. It has worked in our home. We have a routine of brushing and flossing twice a day. And, if we happen to have a sugary drink or sweet, we brush or at least rinse if not at home.
Crest is here to help us keep our teeth healthy and strong throughout all the fall holiday parties! From September 30 through October 6th, CVS will be hosting a special Spend $30, Get $10 on a variety of Crest Products. Plus, check your local paper for a Crest Coupon insert this weekend. Inside, you will find a $1 off any Crest Toothpaste or Kid’s Crest Toothpaste coupon. Combine the CVS deal with the coupon to save big.
You CAN enjoy your fall treats and keep your teeth healthy!