Happy Halloween! Welcome back to the ongoing dental health blog of Alabama Family Dental in Mobile, AL. We hope you’re ready for the holiday season! There’s so many great things to do in October; from haunted house visits to trick or treating, October is great start to the holiday season. As the leaves change colors, the rest of the holidays begin in earnest.
Before you know it, Thanksgiving will be here and Christmas is right around the corner. Just last week, we started to notice Christmas decorations filling the aisles of the local department stores. But in all the holiday fun, it can be easy to lose track of certain things.
One of those things is oral health. This is especially true for the children in your family. Kids love candy, and there’s always plenty of it around this time of year. But some seemingly harmless sugar snacks can turn into devastating tooth decay down the line.
In today’s blog post, we want to share some simple tips and tricks for keeping your children’s teeth healthy this holiday season. This tricks are by no means failsafe, but they can go a long way towards preventing painful cavities.
The number one rule with Halloween candy is moderation. This can seem logical and simple, but is often difficult in practice. Keep in mind that children are going to be around candy all month, and they won’t share your same desire for moderation. One easy thing to do is try and limit their candy eating to one time a day.
Ideally, your children should brush shortly after enjoying the candy. That makes it easiest to serve candy around dinner time (assuming you’re eating a fairly early dinner, and not a late one, because the sugar could keep them up all night). Then after they have the candy, make sure they brush and floss.
Children, as well as adults, need to brush for at least two minutes at a time, at least twice a day. Two minutes might not seem like a very long time, but it is actually far longer than most people brush their teeth. Luckily, there are toothbrushes with fun and colorful timers built into them. It’s also essential that they floss at the end of the day; candy has a way of getting stuck between their teeth and simple brushing is not enough to remove it.
Another great tip is to avoid serving soda with the candy. Soda, even the diet varieties, are acidic. The acid is soda actually works to erode the enamel of their teeth; that means their teeth are extra vulnerable to the bacteria attracted to the sugar in candy. A simple solution is to serve water with the candy instead. It’s healthier for their teeth, and can help wash away the bacteria in their mouth before it forms.
But even the best of preventative care is not enough to prevent all tooth decay. For that you really need to make sure every member of your family is visiting the dentist office every six months. During a routine appointment, we can clean plaque and bacteria away from their teeth and check for other signs of decay.
At Alabama Family Dental, we strive to provide quality and affordable dental care in our comfortable Mobile, AL office. So don’t delay, make an appointment now to make sure everyone in the family will have a healthy smile for the holidays. You can make an appointment by calling the office at 251-241-0890.