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Helpful Tips for Protecting Your Child’s Smile This Halloween

October 2, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — lapalcodental @ 10:36 pm
Parent and child celebrating Halloween together

Halloween is upon us! And with all of the delicious sweets and tasty treats that are available this time of the year, it’s important to be extra diligent when it comes to your child’s oral health. That said, here are some useful tips from your dentist in Marrero to help keep your little one’s smile white and bright this spooky season.

#1. Be Picky About the Sweets They Eat

These days there are hundreds, if not thousands, of different types of candies and treats given out during Halloween season. But with so many choices, it can often be difficult to discern which are terrible for your child’s teeth. Instead of caramels and hard candies, choose chocolates; they’re often swallowed quickly and don’t stick to teeth, nor do they pose a risk of fracturing them! You should also try to avoid candies that are acidic or chewy. Even “healthier” snacks like crackers and pretzels can pose a risk to you and your little one’s smile, as these starchy-items can also form cavity-causing bacteria when eaten.

#2. Enjoy Sugar in Moderation

While it’s important to be selective about which types of candy your child is consuming, it’s also good to enforce moderation and limits when possible. You can encourage your child to eat a small amount of candy in one sitting followed by a glass of water and thorough tooth brushing. You might also have your child eat their candy with their dinner, so that they aren’t as likely to fill up on candy. Of course, it also helps to consider candy that limits the amount of time sugar is in contact with your child’s teeth, such as miniature candy bars.

#3. Schedule Preventive Dental Care

Your child should be visiting their dentist twice a year for routine checkups and cleanings, and if they haven’t had their second biannual visit yet, now is a great time to schedule it. These routine appointments play an integral role in detecting oral health issues early on, and your child’s dentist can also remove the stubborn plaque and tartar that builds up over time (even with good brushing habits).

#4. Establish & Maintain Good Oral Hygiene Practices

On that note, good oral hygiene is still more important than ever before during spooky season! Be sure that you’re promoting and enforcing an effective oral hygiene regimen for your child. They should be brushing twice a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush coupled with a fluoride toothpaste. They should also floss daily and use an antibacterial mouth rinse.

You are one of your child’s greatest allies in the fight against the tooth decay that Halloween candy might cause—so don’t let any unforeseen oral health issues spoil the fun for you and your child this Halloween!

About the Author

Dr. C.J. Landry received his DDS from the LSU School of Dentistry and has proudly served patients and families in the Marrero, LA area for several years. His practice is pleased to offer many different services including preventive, cosmetic and restorative options. If you have any questions about the article or would like to schedule a checkup for your child, you can contact Dr. Landry through his practice’s website or over the phone for assistance: (504) 348-0080.

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