Tonight children throughout the world will be dressing up and traipsing through neighborhoods with their bounty of candy. It will be a late night of sugar-highs, but the one night of tricking and treating can play a big part in the longevity of their smiles. As a Shoreline dentist, we love hearing about the fun costumes and parties, but fear the rise in cavities. To that end, we’d like to share with you a few ways to protect young smiles now and in the years to come.
Put a limit on candy. Some parents allow children to eat as much as they can on Halloween while others allow two or three pieces. There is some merit to both ways. On one hand, gorging on candy will make it less enticing the next day. On the other hand, you’re likely to have a not-so-happy tummy the next day. Limiting candy teaches restraint and encourages healthy eating habits. Whichever way your family leans, make sure the night ends with a set of teeth, brushed and flossed. Cleaning your teeth after eating sugary foods prevents cavities. Show our Shoreline dentist at your next appointment how you live cavity-free.
National Dental Hygiene Month
October brings to us a plethora of awareness weeks and months. At our Shoreline dentist office we love to celebrate Dental Hygiene Month. Educating patients in proper oral health regimens is our specialty. If you or your children need a refresher, call our office to schedule a consultation or your next dental exam if we don’t already have you on the books.
The stickiness of candy loves to hide in the small crevices that make up your molars. Dental sealants protect these areas and keep teeth cavity-free for years to come. It is important to note, however, that if you or your children already have sealants, they aren’t failsafe. Sealants can break when eating hard candies or extra sticky foods like caramels, candy bars, and taffy. This will leave your tooth open for tooth decay and cavities.
We want you and your family to have a safe Halloween. Be cautious of kids while driving and make healthy choices for your body and smile. Remember to brush and floss so your Halloween treats don’t turn into a horror for your mouth. Check out our Facebook page for oral health tips or call our office to discuss dental sealants or to schedule your next exam.