With Halloween less than a week away, families in our community will be planning their trick or treat routes and getting their little one’s costumes ready. While your Parkville, MO, dental professionals enjoy the holiday as much as anyone, our team also understands how too much sugar could mean cavities and aching teeth for kids and adults alike. Fortunately, we have a few tips to help prevent cavities following your Halloween celebrations.

How Will Sugary Foods Cause Cavities?

When kids eat candy, particularly when these items are sticky and chewy, this leaves particles behind on or between the teeth. Bacteria will consume these stray bits of sugar, breaking down the particles and increasing the levels of oral acidity in the process. Over time, the teeth will be coated in sticky layers of plaque. This buildup not only irritates and inflames gum tissue and stains teeth, but can erode enamel and increase the risk of a cavity forming. Children may eventually experience tooth sensitivity and toothaches as cavities develop and grow worse over time.

Keeping Decay at Bay

To help prevent cavities, first try to limit how much candy your kids consume each day, and encourage them to drink water to help cleanse away sugar particles. Your children should brush their teeth for two minutes when they wake up and again before bed, with children three and older using a toothpaste that contains fluoride. Flossing before bed is also crucial. Every six months, bring them in to see us for an exam and cleaning, so we can watch for the warning signs of a cavity and also remove plaque buildup to protect the smile from painful issues. Working together, we can help your little ones enjoy optimal oral health!

What Should I Hand Out?

Will your house be handing out treats to the neighborhood children? Then consider offering fun alternatives to sugary candies! For example, temporary tattoos, stickers, and Halloween party favors cost as much, or possibly less, than bags of name-brand candy. You can also offer sealed packages of crackers, nuts, or trail mix. Just because kids are trick or treating, doesn’t mean candy is the only possible treat! If you have any questions about protecting little smiles from poor oral health and cavities, then let us know. We would love to schedule a post-Halloween visit to examine your child’s smile and remove plaque and tartar.

SCHEDULE A CHECKUP TODAY!

We would love to help families and kids in our community enjoy healthier smiles, avoiding the onset of tooth decay! Don’t let poor oral health put a damper on your child’s holiday, talk to our team today. To learn more about our preventive and general treatment options, then schedule a consultation by calling Bailey Dental Care in Parkville, MO, today at (816) 452-9700.