The Dentist’s Guide to Halloween!
If you and your children don’t maintain your teeth properly, you may be opening yourself up to tooth decay, gum disease, and possibly tooth loss over time. Properly caring for your teeth, visiting your dentist regularly, and following the tips below can help you and your family keep healthy smiles and enjoy the Halloween festivities.
- Be selective. Not all Halloween treats are bad for kids. Dr. Hung Hoang recommends that parents let their kids eat candies that melt fast and can be eaten quickly. It’s always a good idea to avoid gooey and sticky sweets like caramels that can linger and stick to teeth for long time. Chocolate are best because it clears out of the mouth quickly.
- Brushing. Be sure that your children brush their teeth twice a day. Brushing will lessen the amount of time the sugar stays in contact with the teeth and will help prevent tooth decay. Replace toothbrush every three to four months, or sooner if the bristles are frayed.
- Limit consumption. Limit the number of candies you and your child consume in a day. A better idea is to hold back candies and eat one or two pieces as after meal treat. Then have your children immediately brush their teeth to neutralize the sugar.
- Chew gum! Xylitol, a fluoride like substance in sugarless Trident White gum can help remineralize any initial acidic breakdown of enamel.
- Eat a balanced meal. Be sure that your children eat well balanced meal prior to their trip around the neighborhood to limit their candy consumption.
- Routine dental exam. Be sure to visit a Dentist every six months to prevent dental problems and catch any problems as early as possible.
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