Of course, you want your kids to be able to enjoy Halloween candy this year – you just don’t want those treats to turn into tricks when it comes to dental bills. If you’d like some help ensuring your kids don’t experience tooth decay after indulging in Halloween candy, call Hellertown Dental Group at 484-858-0949 for hygiene tips and general dentistry services!
Dr. Ann Hunsicker-Morrissey, Dr. Maria Garubba, and our kid-friendly team offer a wide variety of dental services at our Hellertown, PA dentist office. By bringing your children to see us, you can get help fending off tooth decay monsters this holiday.
We know it can be difficult juggling your schedule and those of your kids, so we provide evening hours until 8:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday. We are also open starting at 7:00 a.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays so you can visit us before you have to drop your kids off at school and go to work. You can even come see us on most Saturdays between 8:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.
Avoid Cavities This Halloween With General Dentistry And Tips
The best way to maintain a gorgeous and strong set of chompers is to stay on top of your routine dentist appointments and spend a little time every day cleaning your teeth and mouth. Make sure your kids do their part by:
- Brushing their teeth for two minutes at least twice a day with toothpaste and a soft-bristled toothbrush
- Flossing between all of their teeth at least once daily
- Using a mouthwash or rinse if recommended by a dentist
We can help teach your little ones the proper techniques for brushing and flossing and even find ways to make these tasks fun. Playing a favorite song for two minutes while brushing teeth, flossing your teeth alongside your children, and checking off oral hygiene progress and providing fun incentives are all great ways to get your kids interested in keeping their smiles clean.
You and your children should also drink plenty of water. Not only will this keep you hydrated, it will also help your smile because you’ll be rinsing away food particles and bacteria that could potentially harm your teeth and gums.
We will also do our part to maintain your family’s pearly whites when you visit us for regular checkups. Not only will we provide a professional dental cleaning that brushing and flossing alone simply can’t match, we will also examine your and your kid’s teeth and gums closely, catching potential dental problems while they are still small and easily managed.
Our team cares so much about your family’s oral health that we have even invested in a state-of-the-art DiagnoDENT cavity detector system that uses special dental lasers to spot issues that might otherwise go overlooked.
You may be thinking, “Well yeah, I do everything I can at home to keep my kid’s smile healthy and cavity-free, but what if Halloween candy still wreaks havoc anyway?” Don’t worry. If you follow our advice, you can be informed about why candy can lead to smile problems and do everything possible to prevent issues from occurring.
One very important thing to keep in mind is that the longer sugars and acids stay on teeth, the more smiles are put at risk. This is because bad bacteria feed on sugars and acids can eat away at tooth enamel. By extension, the longer a candy lasts, the worse it can be for teeth. Here’s a short list of some of the most ghoulish Halloween candies when it comes to oral health:
- Hard candies, including suckers, Jolly Ranchers, certain mints, and jawbreakers
- Candies that stick to teeth like caramels, Butterfingers, licorice, and taffy
- Chewy candies that can last a long time and/or stick to teeth like gummy candies, Milk Duds, and more
So your kids can still enjoy their candy but lessen their chances of developing cavities, you could try holding on to their Halloween stash for them and allowing them to have some for dessert after meals instead of snacking on sugary treats throughout the day. Anything you can do to shorten the duration of candy consumption is helpful.
To help keep your kid’s smiles healthy and beautiful despite the barrage of Halloween candy this year, call Hellertown Dental Group at 484-858-0949 for general dentistry services and hygiene tips from our professional team. You can also visit our Hellertown, PA dentist office in person or use our handy online form to schedule or ask questions.