Will Halloween Ruin Your Kids’ Smiles This Year?

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You’re a parent. You take care of your kids. Is there anything to do about Halloween? Will all of that candy ruin their teeth?

Call us today at 574-208-5668. Dr. Hurcomb is a member of the Academy of General Dentistry. She has advanced training to help your children’s smiles with thorough dental exams. Add in dental cleanings from our well-trained hygienists, and you’ve got a plan to help your children get through Halloween with their teeth intact.

Cavities Are Caused By Bacteria, Not Sugar

Should you really be worried about Halloween candy? Absolutely! But it’s not the sugar that’s the problem. It’s the bacteria who love sugar.

Every mouth has some harmful bacteria. They feed off food particles left behind after you eat or drink. They’re the culprit behind:

  • Gum disease that can make you lose teeth
  • Cavities that can damage your teeth
  • Infections that can require a root canal or tooth extraction

These bacteria thrive off sugar and carbs. When you eat sweets or drink sugary soda, tiny particles of sugar get trapped around your teeth and gums. That just lets bacteria grow worse and make more problems for your teeth and gums.

Brushing and flossing are important. They help get rid of the food feeding bacteria. Will that be enough for Halloween? With all those sweets at parties and from trick-or-treating, it usually isn’t. That’s why dental cleanings and dental exams are more important now.

Dental Exams And Cleanings For Healthy Smiles

That’s why you need to call our South Bend, IN dental office for dental cleanings and dental exams. Dental cleanings will get your children’s teeth professionally clean. Dental exams can spot small problems so you can get them fixed before they get big and painful.

Dr. Hurcomb and our hygienist Ashley are wonderful with kids. They can help yours feel safe and calm at Tulip Tree Dental Care. Then we can get their teeth professionally clean and make sure there are no dental problems that Halloween can make worse.

Tips For Keeping Your Kids’ Smiles Safe This Halloween

Don’t let kids hold props or open wrappers with their teeth.

Enamel is strong, but it can chip or crack in the right circumstances. Kids can try to tear open a wrapper or bag with their teeth. Others carry around a prop with their costume, then hold it in their teeth to free up their hands. Both are accidents waiting to happen. Encourage your children to only use their teeth for eating.

Call us today at 574-208-5668. Our dental exams can spot weak teeth. Then Dr. Hurcomb can use her experience to properly repair or strengthen such teeth.

If brushing isn’t possible, have your kids rinse their mouths with water.

To be honest, it’s impractical to expect your kids to brush each time they eat Halloween candy. To help get rid of the sugar in their mouths, have them rinse with water afterward. This can help wash away some of that sugar so bacteria don’t get it.

Then call our South Bend, IN dental office today to schedule a post-Halloween appointment. Our team loves working with children. That means dental cleanings and dental exams can go more smoothly.

Get rid of any hard candy or sticky candy.

Not all candy is equal. Hard candy rubs sugar right into your kids’ teeth. Sticky candy gets more sugar stuck in their mouths than other types. That’s why you should get rid of both candy. It’s not like your children are going to be hurting for candy choices this Halloween, right?

By calling to schedule an appointment today, you can help more. Dental exams and dental cleanings from a highly trained dentist like Dr. Hurcomb can do wonders for keeping your children’s smiles healthy.

Have them eat a big snack or meal before parties or trick-or-treating.

Candy tastes good. When your kids are out trick-or-treating or at parties, they’ll be tempted to eat a lot of candy. If they’re hungry, that’s going to make things worse. Feed your kids a big snack or meal before heading out. If they’re full, they won’t want candy as much.

Then call our South Bend, IN dental office to schedule dental cleanings and dental exams. Your whole family is welcome here, and our entire team knows how to make children feel safe and happy.

Call us TODAY at 574-208-5668 to schedule appointments for the entire family. Halloween means lots of sugar, but that doesn’t have to mean lots of cavities. Dental cleanings and dental exams from our highly trained team at Tulip Tree Dental Care can help your children’s smiles stay healthy.

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