Dental Tips for a Healthy Halloween

October 21, 2015

Dental Tips for a Healthy HalloweenHalloween is just around the corner, which means a bag full of free sugary goodness for kids. It also means that it’s a great opportunity for parents to teach their child how to stay healthy during Halloween and year-round.

Here are five dental tips to help protect your child’s beautiful smile:

SELECTING THE RIGHT CANDY

Avoid hard candy or any other sweets that may take a long time to finish. Tooth decay is at a higher risk when the sugary treat is in the mouth for a long period of time. It is best to try sugar-free treats.

TREAT TIME

Eat sugary treats with meals or shortly after mealtime can help reduce the chances of tooth decay. Saliva production is increased during meal time and can help cancel out acids produced by unwanted bacteria in the mouth.

AVOID STICKY TREATS

Sticky candy and snacks, like taffy and gummy worms, can stay on tooth surfaces longer. Sticky treats can lead to an increased risk of tooth decay since it may take longer to get washed away by saliva.

DRINK MORE WATER

Drink more fluoridated water. Fluoride helps make teeth more resistant to the acid attacks that can cause cavities. Stay away from sugary beverages such as soda, sports drinks and flavored water.

BRUSH & FLOSS

Make sure to brush twice a day for two minutes with fluoride toothpaste. Remember to replace your toothbrush every three or four months, or as soon as the bristles are frayed. Make sure to floss daily. Flossing helps remove plaque and food particles from between the teeth and under the gum lines.

These are just a few dental tips to help parents educated their child during this sugary holiday. Please make sure to schedule your child’s dental care appointment and your Pediatric Dentist will provide additional recommendations on protecting your child’s beautiful smile.

Dr. Cristina Georgescu, Advanced DDS Pediatric Dentist, is available Monday, Friday and Saturday to treat our younger patients (ages 14 years and younger) at our Garden City office. Call us today at 516-825-1100 to schedule you and your child’s dental care appointment.

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