Halloween has come and gone, which probably means your house is strewn with candy–well, maybe just candy wrappers at this point. If you’re a bit concerned for your kids’ teeth now, there are a few actions you can take to avoid damaging their dental health after Halloween.
Be Picky About Candy
If your children are young, you probably go through their candy to make sure it’s all safely wrapped and edible.
While you’re at it, consider removing the candies that tend to be highly damaging to teeth.
This includes sticky candy–such as gummy bears, caramel and taffy, since this type of candy sticks to the teeth longer than most.
Sugary hard candy is also not great for the teeth, since it stays in the mouth for so long, increasing the odds of tooth decay. You can always look for a candy buyback program that will accept the candy you don’t want your kids to eat.
Offer Lots of Water
On Halloween night (and during the week after), make sure your kids are drinking plenty of water. Drinking water helps increase saliva production, which helps wash sugar off the teeth and gums.
Along the same lines, try to limit candy to certain times of the day, such as during mealtime or right afterward. That’s when saliva production is at its highest, helping to wash away sugar and food particles, which can reduce tooth decay.
Practice Good Dental Hygiene
As always, remind your kids to brush their teeth at least two times per day, especially right before bed. Make sure they brush for two minutes or more each time.
You might need to help them brush properly if they’re under age eight or so. You can also help them floss on a daily basis, as this will get rid of the food particles that cause tooth decay.
Schedule a Dental Checkup and Cleaning This Fall
Most people need at least two dental cleanings per year. So if your kids are on the typical dental schedule, they’ll probably have a cleaning within a couple months of Halloween. If it’s been more than six months since their last cleaning, make sure you schedule one soon. Depending on their treatment plan, they may get fluoride treatments and sealants, which can help protect their teeth.
At Gateway Family Dentistry, we’re happy to help local families keep their teeth healthy.
We offer dental cleanings, sealants, extractions, bridges, crowns, fillings and more. Call (615) 962-8505 today to schedule your next appointment.