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How To Protect Your Family’s Teeth This Halloween [BLOG]

With trick-or-treating soon upon us, parents like you have a heavy responsibility when it comes to avoiding the most common consequence of too much sugar.

Tooth decay!

With any luck, today’s blog from our team at Northwest Dental Group in Rochester, MN can help!

How To Protect Your Family’s Teeth This Halloween

We’re not going to pretend that there’s a large portion of the population out there willing to forego collecting candy for the sake of their dental health. So we’d prefer you had some helpful tips on keeping everyone’s smiles healthy despite all the candy!

Here are some easy ways to protect your family’s teeth this Halloween!

*Stay Safe To Prevent Dental Emergencies*

One of the risks families face while trick-or-treating is a dental emergency. If a costume is too big around the ankles and feet, or if a mask obstructs your child’s ability to see where they’re going easily, they could trip and fall, resulting in a dental injury.

Make sure costumes fit properly, their eyes aren’t covered, and they have a well-lit path to trod while searching for sugary treasure!

*Know Which Candies Are Tricks & Which Are Treats*

We know it’s going to happen.

The candy will be plentiful, so at least we can help you know which are tricks and which are safer treats for your teeth.

To avoid damaging tooth enamel and tooth decay, pass on the hard candy like suckers or toffee.

Anything that takes a long time to eat or is hard to bite down is asking for trouble. You can chip or break a tooth, as well as expose your teeth to sugar for a long period of time, which can cause cavities.

Another candy characteristic to look out for is anything sticky that will be hard to remove from your teeth, like caramel, taffy, or marshmallows.

Safe treats would be anything that can be chewed and swallowed easily and relatively quickly.

*Protect Your Family’s Teeth From Cavities*

It seems a little strange to talk about cavity prevention in a blog about eating Halloween candy!

But because we know that candy is just a part of the festivities this time of year, we’d rather you were aware of helpful steps to take to protect your kids’ teeth in spite of it.

Try to maintain your normal oral hygiene routine as a family rather than get caught up in all the excitement so much that is disrupts this important daily practice.

You can also rely on dental sealants and fluoride treatments at Northwest Dental Group to add a layer of protection that helps shield teeth from decay.

*Drink Plenty Of Water*

It’s important to stay hydrated, especially if your family plans on taking in more sugar than usual.

That’s because it’s the saliva in your mouth that coats your teeth and gums and protects it with its natural bacteria-fighting components. Saliva also, as we all know, helps to clean your mouth of any remaining food particles that get stuck on or between your teeth.

You can also rinse your mouth with water after eating to help keep everything clean and fresh!

*Make An Appointment After Halloween*

There’s no reason your family’s teeth have to suffer just because of Halloween season.

You can find exceptional dental care with our team at Northwest Dental Group!

We’ll make sure everyone’s smiles are clean and healthy!

Call our Rochester, MN dental office today at 507-216-6252 or fill out our online form to schedule an appointment.