In a series of dental articles, the Saskatoon dental team at Neesh Dental share interesting dental information and education. In our latest post, we share helpful Halloween tips for healthy smiles.

Do Dentists Dread Halloween?

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Halloween is just around the corner and we all know that for children, Halloween means candy and lots of it! Many think Halloween must be a dentist’s worst nightmare ….but we love it here at Neesh Dental in Saskatoon. However, when your child consumes sugary food or drinks, the bacteria (germs) in the dental plaque on the teeth mix with the sugars in the candy to make a mild acid. This acid attacks the hard outer layer of the tooth called the enamel. If the dental plaque isn’t removed every day by brushing and flossing, over time, the enamel gets soft and a cavity forms. The damage to the tooth depends on how much sugar goes in the mouth and how long it stays there. In other words, the longer and more often sugar touches the teeth, the more damage it can do.

Neesh Dental Halloween Tips For Health Smiles.

  1. Have a game plan
    Before heading out trick or treating, take a minute to talk about expectations. How long will trick-or-treating last? How much candy will be eaten when getting home? What will be the treats-per-day limit?
  2. Eat treats (only) with a meal
    Be a role model by sitting with your kids, distraction-free, and enjoying a treat after a meal. Mention what you like about the treat(s) you chose. Bonus points: Mention what you like about your main course too!

  3. Use a small bag and ditch non-favourites
    One solution to avoid waste is to use smaller trick-or-treat bags to start. Another solution: a mid-November visit from the “Switch Witch” who trades remaining candy for something like a small toy or passes to an indoor waterslide park!

  4. The right fit
    It is important to make sure that your child’s costume fits properly to prevent trips and falls. Avoid items such as oversized shoes, high heels, long dresses or capes. We don’t want to have to fix your children broken teeth on November 1st!

  5. Avoid masks
    Masks make it hard for children to see what’s around them, including cars. Try a hypoallergenic (less likely to cause an allergic reaction), non-toxic make-up kit instead.

  6. Check your treats
    Tell your child not to eat any treats before they get home. When home, you can look through your treats together to make sure everything is safe to eat and doesn’t contain any ingredients that your child may be allergic to.

  7. Set a treat time
    To resist constant snacking, it is best to limit snacking to particular times. Frequent snackers are at a greater risk of tooth decay as the mouth has constant acidic conditions that wear away at tooth enamel leading to cavities.

  8. Eat a balanced meal
    Healthy meals and snacks should always come before candy and treats.  Send the kids out trick or treating with a good healthy meal. A satisfied stomach will indulge in fewer sweets.

  9. Brush, floss and rinse
    Sticky candy can get stuck in between teeth and cause tooth decay. Brushing and flossing after a snack is ideal, but rinsing with a glass of water after eating a sugary treat will also help wash away some of the sugars and acids.

  10. Have Fun!
    Show your family there is more to Halloween than the candy, enjoy time being active outside together and exploring your neighbourhood.

Halloween with Braces can be Sweet

Halloween Tips For Health Smiles
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Halloween candy can be a nightmare for someone who wears braces, but it doesn’t have to be. Trick-or-treaters who wear braces should avoid nuts, popcorn, tortilla chips, hard candy, caramel and other chewy candies to keep their braces safe and intact. However, there are plenty of other things that trick-or-treaters who wear braces can enjoy, like chocolate!

 

 

 

At Neesh Dental in Saskatoon, a beautiful, healthy smile that lasts a lifetime is our ultimate goal when treating patients.  Your personal home care plays an important role in achieving that goal.  Our team of Saskatoon dentists and support staff try to always share interesting articles, dental facts and dental hygiene tips so you can take good care of your teeth. Contact us today to book a Saskatoon dental appointment.

Saskatoon Dentist, NEESH Dental Clinic, (306) 665-8414
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