Follow These Do’s and Don’ts for a Healthy Smile this Halloween
Keep the Tricks away and Treat your children’s teeth right with these helpful tips for a healthy mouth this Halloween!
Halloween is right around the corner, but there’s no need to be afraid for you little one’s teeth. Check out our Halloween Do’s and Don’ts for a trick-free holiday.
DO choose your children’s candy wisely – Opt for sugar-free candy, lollipops, and gum whenever possible. Not only will the increased saliva production help prevent a dry mouth, but sugar-free gum can help remove any leftover particles of food from between teeth.
DO be sure to drink more water – By drinking less sugary beverages such as soda, juice, and flavored waters, the likelihood of tooth decay is minimized. As an added benefit, drinking more water will help rinse away bacteria causing sugar.
DO make brushing twice a day a priority – Brushing and flossing are your primary defenses against tooth decay, so be sure brush twice a day for 2 minutes, and floss once a day to remove anything brushing missed. Remember, toothbrushes should be replaced every 3-4 months!
DON’T chew sticky candy – Avoid sticky or chewy candy whenever possible. They will cling to teeth and get stuck in crevices, which can lead to cavities quickly.
DON’T go for long-lasting candies – The longer your child’s teeth are in contact with sugary candy, the greater the risk for tooth decay. Try to limit candy intake to mealtimes or right after.
DON’T skip a visit to your dentist – Regular dental checkups are important, but especially so during this time of year. A timely visit with your dentist will not only help prevent dental issues but if there is anything going on, your dentist will be able to catch it before it becomes a painful emergency. Be sure your children’s teeth are healthy Before they indulge in treats.
At The Children’s Dental Health Center, we’re welcoming our Special Guest, the Doggie Dental Defender to help you get ready for a season of treats! Join us on Saturday, October 22, 2016, between 12pm – 1pm to meet our Doggie Defender. Your child will get a Free dental checkup, have their picture taken and take home a goody bag! For more information and to register online, click here.
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