The Halloween season is upon us! Make sure your children protect their growing smiles while they enjoy the festivities. There are ways to make sure that your children make the most out of their Halloween but don’t comprise their oral health. Dr. Pamela Doray and her Philadelphia, PA, dental team help patients achieve and maintain healthy smiles all year around. Here we will explore a few ways to help parents and their children maintain their oral hygiene and health during Halloween.
Oral Health Tips For Halloween
- If your child is eating candy, try to schedule it around mealtime. The saliva glands are more active when eating. Saliva helps prevent the candy from sticking to the teeth as well as limit the effects of acid on the teeth and gums.
- Pick one period during the day for your child to consume candy. Repeated snaking leads to acid attacks on the teeth, which are not conducive to a healthy smile.
- Try to avoid sticky or taffy candy because they are more likely to stick to your teeth than other candies that dissolve quickly.
- Drinking water can help protect your child’s teeth against tooth decay. If your child does eat candy, be sure they drink water throughout the night to combat an acid attack on the teeth.
- Wait 30 minutes after consuming candy before brushing the teeth. Brushing the teeth right after eating certain foods can lead to tooth damage.
- Remember to floss! Candy and other food debris can get stuck between the teeth. If not properly removed, a buildup of sugar can lead to gum disease and cavities. Floss before brushing the teeth for a more efficient clean.
Schedule a Dental Consultation Today
Regular dental exams, daily oral hygiene, and routine dental cleanings are an essential part of maintaining a healthy smile. During a dental exam, Dr. Pamela Doray can check the teeth and gums for signs of tooth decay, gum disease, and cavities. In most cases, early detection reduces the risk of advanced tooth damage.
If you would like to schedule a dental checkup in Philadelphia, PA, visit Dr. Doray. To schedule an appointment, call (215) 395-6076 or request an appointment online.