Halloween means plenty of spooky fun for families in Dallas, TX. However, Halloween also means plenty of free candy and often, an increased risk of tooth decay. Fortunately, we have a few tips for preventing the onset of tooth decay and keeping smiles healthy after Halloween!
Preventing Tooth Decay Following Halloween
- Limit How Many They Eat: When your little ones come in with their Halloween haul, limit how much they can eat each day. Maybe two or three pieces after dinner? Washing down the candy with a glass of water helps cleanse the mouth and protect the teeth, as our tap water contain fluoride.
- Buy Your Child’s Candy: Have your children pick out a small selection of their favorite candy, then buy the rest from them for a few dollars or let them exchange the candy for a small toy or a trip somewhere fun. You protect their smiles while making sure they still enjoy their trick or treating adventure!
- Make Sure Brushing and Flossing Happens Daily: Be sure your little ones are brushing their teeth twice a day and flossing before bed each night. Routine homecare is essential for avoiding the onset of cavities, so be sure you monitor or assist your younger children. You can often download fun apps or maybe use a small hourglass timer to help ensure they brush for the two minutes dental professionals recommend.
- Schedule a Cleaning and Checkup: A checkup and cleaning help protect the smile from cavities, as well as gingivitis and other oral health issues. During the checkup, we examine your smile for signs of trouble and prescribe treatment to prevent complications. A dental cleaning removes the plaque and tartar from the teeth, reducing the risk of tooth and gum issues. If you have any questions about protecting little smiles from cavities, or if you’re ready to schedule a checkup and cleaning, then contact our team today.
Do You Have Questions About Avoiding Cavities?
Don’t let your family’s smiles suffer from cavities. Let us help with preventive care! For more information, schedule an appointment by calling Gentle Smiles in Dallas, TX, today at 972-329-7645 (972-329-SMILE).