Halloween Candy - Scary for your Smile

Tuesday, October 12th, 2010, 10:53 am

Halloween is almost here with the cute kids in costumes and the not-so-cute bowl of  Halloween goodies lurking by the front door.  The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD)  has provided recommendations to help preserve children’ s teeth in October and throughout the year.  These suggestions work for everyone – not just the kids!

  • Avoid chewy treats that stick to teeth and cause more damage
  • Monitor candy consumption – allow treats in moderation
  • Mix in healthy snacks.  Have some cheese or yogurt along with that piece of candy.
  • Floss after snacking – teach your children the proper technique (if you are unsure ask your dentist)
  • Make tooth brushing fun – Seasonal tooth brushes can get kids excited about brushing.
  • Schedule a visit to the dentist.

According to Dr. John R. Liu, President of the AAPD “Let’s face it, Halloween is a holiday that every child looks forward to and embraces each year.  Rather than denying children the option to trick or treat, we advise that parents maintain their regular routine.”  He suggests “Choose each child’s favorite treat and allow them to enjoy one piece after a meal.  The remainder of the candy can be given to a local homeless shelter or a food bank in order to prevent overindulgence.”

Candy is no more likely to cause cavities than most other foods but children, and adults, who snack frequently are at the greatest risk for cavities.  Reduce the risk of cavities for you and your family by contacting Wilbanks Smile Center today at 706-886-9439 and scheduling your appointment.  Unlike Halloween ghosts and goblins, there is nothing to be afraid of at Wilbanks Smile Center where you have several options for anxiety-free dental care.  Ask about your sedation dentistry options when you call.

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