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When most people think of Halloween, they think of the fun costume they’ll wear and the large bag of candy they’ll have at the end of the night. Most don’t think about their smiles, especially children. However, we encourage you to think of your child’s smile this Halloween so they can maintain a strong and successful oral health in Dodge City, Kansas. That way they can enjoy their candy without having painful toothaches.

To help you, our First Dental team encourages you to do the following things:

-Hard, sticky candies are very harmful for your child’s smile, so it’s best to encourage them to avoid picking those candies out of the trick-or-treat basket. These treats tend to stick to the teeth for a long period of time, promoting tooth decay.

-Have your child eat their candy with or shortly after breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Eating the candy with a meal will help reduce the effects of the sugar because the saliva washes away the harmful particles.

-Take advantage of fluoride. If you have your child drink fluoridated water or brush with fluoride toothpaste, their teeth will be strengthened, which will help them avoid scary smile issues.

-Make sure your child keeps up with their oral hygiene routine. They should be brushing twice a day and flossing and rinsing at least once a day.

-Encourage your child to chew sugarless gum after eating candy. Doing so will create saliva and help wash away the sugary particles in the mouth.

If you do these things, your child will have a fun and smile-healthy Halloween! For more information and details, please feel free to call our office today at 620-225-5154 and talk to your dentist, Dr. Ryan Lehmkuhler, or a member of our dental team. We are happy to help you!