Kids across the nation are gearing up for Halloween and relishing in the amounts of candy they’ll be hauling in this year. What they might not realize is that October isn’t just known for Halloween. In our office we and our Longmont dentist celebrate National Dental Hygiene Month. Hygiene awareness is an important part of growing up as the skills they learn now will benefit children for the rest of their lives.
Surviving Halloween Cavity-Free
A cavity isn’t going to pop up overnight, but tooth decay and plaque buildup start damaging teeth as little as five hours after you last brushed. We’ve compiled a list of ways you can keep your children’s teeth safe from harm while learning a few great health tips along the way.
Brush your teeth after eating candy. This will erase the sugars that like to form on teeth and grow into cavities.
Floss your teeth daily in order to remove food that gets stuck between teeth. The most common cavity sites for children are between teeth from lack of flossing.
Drink water. Water rinses out the mouth and is a part of your everyday health need.
Visit our Longmont dentist twice a year for your regular check-ups. Skipping these office visits gives decay and cavities more time to harm your beautiful smiles.
The reality of candy and your teeth
In a perfect world we would eliminate candy so that our Longmont dentist doesn’t have to battle tooth decay. In reality, we know how hard it is to say no to a little sweet now and again. Additionally, many foods we eat that aren’t candy break down into sugars and cause just as much damage. So, to combat tooth decay, brush and floss. Dental sealants are another good idea. Sealants protect the surfaces of teeth where plaque likes to hide.
Limit your candy
Gorging on Halloween candy is a rite of passage for a child. However, no matter how late it gets in the evening on Halloween; don’t let children go to bed without caring for their teeth. Help little ones out and supervise older children. Encouraging a good oral health regimen will keep teeth and smiles looking great and prevent gum disease.
If you need help reminding yourself or your children about oral health, join us on Facebook. We’re also happy to answer any questions you have. Visit our Longmont office for a consultation or give us a call. We want you all to have a happy Halloween, but we want your smile to be happy as well.
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