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It’s Halloween — Are Your Kids’ Smiles Safe?

Dental cleanings and dental exams protect your children’s teeth. But what about Halloween? WIll all of that sugar ruin their smiles? Call us today at 484-858-0949 to schedule a post-Halloween appointment with Dr. Hunsicker-Morrissey. As a dentist and a parent, she understands how to help kids survive Halloween with their smiles intact.

It’s Bacteria Behind Cavities And Gum Disease

You know sugar is a problem for your kids’ teeth. That’s probably why you don’t let them eat too much candy or drink regular soda during the year. But why?

Everyone’s mouth has some harmful bacteria in it. These microscopic organisms absolutely love sugar. They grow fast on that stuff. When you eat lots of sugar, you leave behind tiny sugar particles that allow harmful bacteria to spread and cause the following problems:

  • Tooth decay (cavities)
  • Gum disease
  • Tooth infections

That’s why Halloween can be a big problem for your kids’ dental health. All that candy can let bacteria get out of control.

How Dental Cleanings And Dental Exams Help

That’s also why you need to call our Hellertown, PA dental office today. Dr. Hunsicker-Morrissey is a member of the Academy of General Dentistry. This gives her advanced training to identify small problems in teeth and gums before Halloween has a chance to make them worse. Dental exams from a highly trained dentist like our “Dr. Ann” help save your kids’ smiles.

Dental cleanings are just as important. Brushing and flossing at home is needed. But only skilled dental hygienists like we have at Hellertown Dental Group can get those teeth professionally clean. Removing plaque and tartar buildup will help keep their teeth and gums healthy this Halloween.

Extra Tips For Helping This Halloween

Let your kids have some candy, then hide the rest.

Your children will always be around sweets. They need skills and experience with restraint. Getting rid of all the Halloween candy can make sweets that much more tempting. Instead, let your kids have some candy. Then hide the bag somewhere out of sight to reduce temptations.

By calling to set up dental cleanings and dental exams after Halloween, you can help your kids’ teeth and gums. Dr. Hunsicker-Morrissey is a mom and knows how Halloween can make small problems worse.

But skip the sticky candy.

Not all candy is made the same. Some, like sugarless gum with xylitol, can actually fight gum disease and cavities. Sticky candy like gummies and caramels is the worst. The sugar in them gets stuck all over your teeth and gums, exactly where harmful bacteria should not be fed.

That’s why calling to schedule dental cleanings and dental exams is so important. You want to make sure your children’s smiles are healthy after Halloween is done. Thankfully, the staff here at Hellertown Dental Group are experienced in both working with kids and helping smiles stay healthy.

Eat well just before hitting the parties or trick-or-treating.

Kids have trouble resisting sweets. (Lots of us adults have that trouble too.) That gets more difficult when they’re very hungry. Before you hit the parties or trick-or-treating, fill them up with a healthy but big meal. Then candy won’t look so tempting on Halloween.

When you call our Hellertown, PA dental office today, schedule appointments for your children for dental cleanings and dental exams. No matter what you try, your kids will eat candy this Halloween. You need to make sure their smiles are clean and free from cavities and gum disease.

Drink plenty of water.

It’s not practical to think your kids will brush and floss after each piece of candy this Halloween. What can help is drinking water. Saliva helps wash away tiny particles of food left in the mouth. Not only does drinking water do this too, it helps their mouths create enough saliva to keep doing that.

Dental cleanings and dental exams from our Hellertown, PA dental office can help even more. Bacteria can leave plaque and tartar on teeth, so our dental cleanings help clean your kids’ smiles. Early detection is very important in dentistry. Dental exams from a highly trained dentist like ours can help you fix problems while they are still small.

Call us TODAY at 484-858-0949 to schedule dental cleanings and dental exams for your whole family. Dr. Hunsicker-Morrissey has years of experience helping families have healthy smiles, Halloween or not.

Schedule an appointment with Dr. Ann or Dr. Maria!
1213 Main Street, Hellertown PA, 18055