Tips to Save Your Child’s Teeth from Decay This Halloween
Halloween is around the corner which means fun trick or treating for your family. This also means that there will be a lot of free candy given to your child. Eating a large amount of candy, however, can negatively affect your child’s teeth. It’s important to teach your child good oral care habits so that you can protect their teeth from tooth decay and other dental problems. If left untreated, these problems can affect the overall health of your child.
Here are some tips to maintain good oral hygiene for your child this Halloween:
Limit the Amount of CandyLet your child know that it’s okay to eat candy on Halloween, but it should be in moderation. Eating candy should not be an all-day affair. Set a fixed time to eat candy. Check their treat bag and ask them to choose a few from each type of candy. Consider donating the rest of the candy.
Establish Good Oral Hygiene Habits
Ask them to brush and floss their teeth twice a day. Make sure they brush their teeth properly for 2 minutes. It’s important to brush and floss after they have eaten sugary candy and brushing teeth before going to bed will help fight cavities and tooth decay.
Teach them the Consequences of Poor Oral Hygiene
Teach your child about the harmful effects of poor oral hygiene and how sugary foods can affect their oral health. They should understand the importance of practicing good oral hygiene habits and how oral health is linked with their overall health.
Include Healthy Foods in Their Diet
Give them foods that fight plaque. Cheese is a great food that helps in increasing the flow of saliva which helps in washing food particles away from your teeth. Include milk, yogurt, and spinach in your child’s diet that are a good source of calcium and help in building strong teeth.
Dental Cleaning After Halloween
It’s is a good idea to visit your dentist after Halloween for a dental cleaning. During a dental cleaning, the dentist will remove the plaque and tartar from your child’s teeth which will help in reducing the risk of cavities or other dental problems.
Follow these tips to avoid dental problems this Halloween. If you are still worried about your child’s oral health, contact us at 301- 754-1900 (White Oak Office) or 301- 853-1567 (Hyattsville Office). We have the best certified dentists who will help you and your child prevent tooth decay and other dental problems.
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