Halloween is a fun and exciting holiday that involves dressing up in your desired costume and gathering large amounts of candy. As you may have already guessed, Halloween isn’t the smile’s favorite holiday. But the good news is that there are things you can do before Halloween arrives to protect the smile. So, to help you keep your child’s teeth and gums in tip-top shape, our dentist, Dr. Gary K. Walden, encourages you to do a few things.
First, make sure your child keeps up on oral hygiene. This means they need to brush their chompers twice a day, floss their smile once a day, and rinse their mouth with mouthwash daily. As they do these things, they should use a soft-bristled toothbrush, fluoride toothpaste, and antibacterial or fluoride mouthwash. These oral hygiene tools can clean and strengthen your child’s teeth and gums, preparing them for Halloween.
Second, bring your child into our office for their six-month appointment if they are due for one. This appointment involves deeply cleaning the smile, strengthening the teeth, and checking for as well as treating any dental issues. These techniques and treatments can help your child lessen the risks of developing or worsening dental issues this Halloween.
Third, teach your child about the affects candy has on the smile. Tell them that acidic candy (like sour candy) can wear down the tooth enamel and make it vulnerable to tooth decay. Tell them that sugary candy can attack the teeth and develop cavities. Then, tell your child that you plan on limiting their candy consumption because of these things. You want them to have a top-notch smile, so you will need to make sure they only have a few pieces of candy a day. This can help them feel less shocked when you collect their candy when they get home.
If you have any questions or if you would like to know more about how to help your child have a top-notch Halloween smile in Bowling Green, Kentucky, please reach out to Family Dental Care at 270.282.0909. Our dental team is happy to give you the answers and information you need so you can help your child’s smile!