The things that are spooky to children during Halloween are very different from those that scare parents. If you are afraid that Halloween candies pose a serious threat to your kid’s smile, call Advanced Dental Concepts at 916-945-9985 for general dentistry services and advice on how to keep your child’s teeth safe from decay.
At our Roseville, CA dentist office, Dr. David Miller and our professional team take a holistic dentistry approach to keeping smiles healthy and beautiful. That means that we realize your overall health and oral health are fundamentally linked, so we only use materials and treatments that are healthy for your whole body, no matter your age.
If you’re a parent or guardian and are concerned about keeping your kid’s smile free of cavities and other dental problems this upcoming Halloween, we can help!
So you don’t have to take off work or bring your child to school late, our office opens at 6:00 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. We also accept a variety of payment options for your convenience.
You provide nutritious, balanced meals all year round for your children, but every year Halloween poses a unique threat to your children’s oral and overall health. Sure, there’s more to Halloween than just candy, but when you’re trying to keep your kids from developing cavities and other oral health problems, the threat posed by all that sugar can loom large.
You’d never want to deny your little ones the experience of Halloween because it can mean good, innocent fun for everyone involved. Of course, you don’t want your kids to feel left out or policed when it comes to the candies you allow them to indulge in, but you can’t help but look at those sugary treats and know they could mean expensive dental visits in the future.
One of the best ways to avoid dental problems from taking hold of your children’s smiles is to establish good oral hygiene habits from an early age. We can demonstrate proper brushing and flossing techniques and even make recommendations for making oral health practices fun at home. For example, you can play a favorite song to dance to while your kids clean their teeth.
Everyone, regardless of age, should brush their teeth with toothpaste using a soft-bristled toothbrush at least twice a day. If possible, brushing every time after eating or drinking beverages other than water is ideal.
Flossing is also very important because bad bacteria like to set up shop in the thin cracks between teeth where brushing can’t reach. Using a new piece of floss to clean between each tooth at least once a day is recommended.
You should also bring your children (and yourself) into our Roseville, CA dentist office every six months for a thorough dental cleaning and exam. Not only will we clean your little one’s teeth more thoroughly than brushing and flossing at home ever could, we’ll also catch signs of decay early and treat them quickly before they become a major problem.
Of course, we understand if you’re still on edge because of all the sugar your kids will likely consume this Halloween, no matter how careful you are about their oral health leading up to the big day for your little ghouls and witches.
One thing you can do this Halloween to prevent decay from harming your children’s smiles is to pay attention to the types of candies your kids are eating. The longer a candy stays on teeth, the longer cavity-causing bacteria will attack pearly whites. Here are some of the worst sticky, long-lasting candies for oral health:
The more quickly a candy disappears, the better for your child’s teeth. Chocolate, for example, especially dark chocolate, is actually not that bad for oral health compared to many other candy options.
You can also try discouraging your children from snacking on candy throughout the day by storing it for them and allowing them to have some for dessert at meals.
Anything you can do to help get the sugar and acid off their teeth following candy consumption helps too. Even drinking plenty of water can make a difference.
Keep the littlest smiles in your family free of dental problems by visiting Advanced Dental Concepts for all your general dentistry needs! Call 916-945-9985, swing by our Roseville, CA dentist office in person, or use our handy online form to schedule or ask questions.