How Do I Protect My Children From Cavities?

Halloween is a very fun time of year for kids! They get to watch spooky movies, dress up in fun costumes, and even get free candy. However, Halloween also means a higher risk of developing cavities. In today’s blog, we’re looking at what our Tucson, AZ, patients can do protect children from cavities.

Hand Out More Than Candy

If you’re manning the front door on the big night, you don’t have to hand out candy. Instead, why not offer stickers, glow sticks (which also adds a safety benefit), temporary tattoos, and small toys, such as Halloween-themed party favors? Children still enjoy treats without putting their smiles at risk!

Try Your Own Buyback Program

What if when your children return home, you give them a chance to pick out their favorite pieces, and then sell the rest to you? Parents often have success with buying treats from their children for a nominal amount of money. The candy can then be donated to programs like Operation Gratitude. You could also offer them a chance to exchange their sweets for a small toy or trip to somewhere fun.

Limit Candy Consumption

Don’t let your children gorge themselves. Instead, try to limit them to a few pieces after meals. Let them wash down their candy with a glass of water, which helps cleanse the mouth until they can brush and floss later.

Have Your Teeth Cleaned!

After the big day, schedule a checkup and cleaning. We examine your little one’s smile and if we discover possible signs of trouble, we can offer treatment. The cleaning helps remove plaque from the teeth, limiting the risk of cavities. If you schedule one now or right after Halloween, you also have the chance to use your 2018 dental benefits or flex spending account funds before they expire at the end of the year.

Do You Need A Dental Cleaning?

Let us help your family’s smiles stay cavity-free. For more information, schedule a consultation with your dentist by calling Dr. Newman’s office in Tucson, AZ, today at 520-296-5439. We’re conveniently located inside the Colonial Verde Dental building, and proudly welcome the residents of all surrounding communities.