Halloween is a time when children across the nation are showered with their favorite candy treats. Most households provide the trick-or-treaters with chocolate candy, which is the most popular type of Halloween offering. Because the sweet intake is increased over 75 percent in one night, it is important for parents to incorporate healthy dental habits during this sugar-filled holiday season. The following are tips on maintaining a healthy smile at Halloween:
Rinse With Water
One of the best ways to remove harmful sugars is to drink water immediately upon eating sweets. The water will not only clear some of the sugar residue from the tooth’s enamel, but also it will prompt saliva production, which will help to eliminate even more sugar.
Brush and Floss Before Bed
Most of the harmful mouth bacteria accumulates and attacks after a person falls asleep. Therefore, it is important for a child to brush the teeth and floss before going to bed. Using a toothpaste that continues to fight plaque overnight is a recommended option.
Give out Sugar Free Sweets
Children have a wide variety of sugar-free options for treats. Any household members who are participating in handing candy to children can search for sugar free options. Additionally, such members can offer their own children sugar-free sweets as well.
Visit the Dentist
One option that many households do not consider is visiting a local dentist before or after Halloween. The dentist can perform tests to measure the health of a person’s teeth. He or she will also be able to administer treatment that can prevent further decay. A dentist may perform a full tooth cleaning, apply fluoride to the teeth, place polish on the teeth, or in the worst cases, place a filling into a tooth that has a problem.
A family that visits the dentist frequently has the best chance of making it through many Halloweens with no tooth enamel violations. The recommended amount of dental visits is four per year for regular cleanings, and every time the slightest symptom or problem occurs.
Call Bolivar Family Dental at (417) 777-8654 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Paul Gonzales. Dr. Paul would be proud to give you the smile of your dreams.