Halloween means a lot of things: scary movies, fun costumes, and trick or treating! However, as dental professionals we know that Halloween also means an increased risk of cavities in patients of all ages. That’s why we want to discuss ways our Garland, TX, patients can stay cavity-free this Halloween!
Tips for Protecting Smiles from Cavities
- Don’t Just Hand Out Candy: You don’t have to offer sugary sweets. Instead, try handing out stickers, temporary tattoos, glow sticks, or small toys. For example, you can buy packages of Halloween-themed party favors. Your costumed visitors still enjoy their Halloween treats, without having to increase the risk of tooth decay forming.
- Limit How Much They Eat: When your children come home, let them have a piece or two, and then try to limit them to two or three pieces after dinner. That way, they can wash down their candy with a glass of water.
- Buy Their Candy: Some parents have success with buying the candy from their children. You offer them a few dollars in exchange for their excess candy. You can the donate the sweets to program like Operation Gratitude. Also, try letting your kids exchange their treats for a small toy or maybe a trip to somewhere fun to eat?
- Make Sure Brushing and Flossing Happen: In order to protect your children’s smiles, make sure they’re brushing their teeth twice a day for two minutes each session. Then, be sure they floss every night before bed. Routine homecare helps protect smiles from cavities.
- Schedule a Dental Cleanings: A cleaning removes all plaque buildup, which helps safeguard teeth against cavities. Your entire family can benefit from a routine dental cleaning! If you have any questions or concerns about protecting teeth from cavities, then contact our team today.
DO YOU HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT AVOIDING CAVITIES?
Our team wants to help your family avoid tooth decay this Halloween. For more information, schedule a consultation by calling Mai Dentistry in Garland, TX, today at 972-530-0552. For our patients who don’t speak English, our office is fluent in both Spanish and Vietnamese.