If you are a parent, you are undoubtedly doing a balancing act right now of being excited for your children to have fun this Halloween and being concerned about their oral health. If you’d like some tips on keeping your children’s smiles healthy and beautiful in the face of a holiday synonymous with sugary candy, call North Bay Dental at 262-417-7326.
By contacting our Racine, WI dentist office, you can get professional tips for keeping this Halloween teeth-friendly. Dr. David R. Reesman, Dr. David Kemper, and our kid-friendly team can also provide a variety of general dentistry treatments if tooth decay does become a problem for your teenager or child.
With our help, you can do your part to keep your kids’ smiles safe from cavities and other dental problems. By knowing how to prevent these issues from happening in the first place, you’ll be able to save yourself time and money in the future because you’ll avoid your kiddos needing more extensive dental treatments.
So you don’t have to screw up your busy work schedule, we offer flexible hours. For example, our Racine, WI dentist office is open until 7:00 p.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays.
For your convenience, we also accept a variety of payment options so you don’t have to stress about affording the quality dental treatments you and your loved ones need and deserve.
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Not all candies pose the same level of risk for your child’s oral health. Cavity-causing bacteria and acids thrive when sugar and starch are present. So the longer-lasting a sugary and/or sticky candy is, the longer your kid’s smile will be at risk. Here are a few candies that can stick around on your child’s teeth for longer than most:
- Suckers, jawbreakers, and other hard candies
- Gummy candies
That said, some sticky candies do not stay on your teeth nearly as long as other candies or foods. Caramels, for example, usually dissolve before crackers, dried fruits, breakfast cereals, and chips.
In general, candies that disappear quickly are a good way for your kid to indulge their sweet tooth without putting their pearly whites at that much of a risk. Just about everyone loves melty chocolate, for example.
To discourage your children from binging on candy immediately after or during trick-or-treating, you should make sure they have a full, balanced meal before going out for candy. This might even help them get to bed earlier on Halloween as well, since they won’t have as much sugar in their system.
But maybe you’re less worried about the night of Halloween than you are for the fallout of seemingly endless candy for days or even weeks to come.
To discourage your child from snacking on candy and exposing their teeth to sugars and starches throughout the day, you could keep their candy for them and allow them to have some for dessert after healthy, balanced meals. Instead of candy, your kids can snack on other delicious but wholesome foods throughout the day, such as:
- Raw fruits and/or vegetables
- Plain yogurt
Eating healthfully will keep your kiddos full and less apt to overdo it when they do get the chance to eat some of their candy.
And last but definitely not least, you should always encourage good oral hygiene habits. If possible, your children should brush their teeth after meals and especially after eating candy. At the minimum, they should brush their teeth twice daily with toothpaste and a soft-bristled toothbrush and floss at least once a day.
And don’t forget to bring your kiddos into our Racine, WI dentist office every six months for a routine dental cleaning and exam! Not only will we provide a thorough cleaning that is impossible to achieve with brushing and flossing alone, we will also catch signs of decay while the problem is still easily managed.
If your kid does need a tooth filling or other general or restorative dentistry treatment, we will do everything we can to make the experience as pleasant as possible. We will use an anesthetic if there’s any possibility of discomfort and provide various comfort options to make the appointment more enjoyable.
Learn how to scare away cavities, tooth decay, and other oral health monsters by visiting North Bay Dental for general dentistry and dental tips this Halloween. Call 262-417-7326, swing by our easy-to-find Racine, WI dentist office in person, or use our handy online form to schedule or ask us any questions you have.