Olathe, Kansas is beautiful in the fall during Halloween. The leaves are changing color and the air is crisp. It can be easy to get swept up into the start of the holiday season without thinking much about your oral health. However, with all the sweet treats around, it can be easy for tooth decay and gum disease to wreak havoc on your family’s smiles. This makes it doubly important to be vigilant about keeping your smile and your family’s smiles healthy this year with some sensible smile defense.
Make a Candy Swap
When it comes to your smile, not all candy is created equal. Candy that is extra sticky can damage teeth by lingering around for too long. Candy that is too hard or crunchy can lead to a cracked or broken tooth. Candy that is coated with sour stuff can have additional acid that can lead to enamel erosion. If your child is stocked up on candy with these extra dangers, swap it out for some safer options like chocolate peanut butter cups or other quick-dissolve candies. Try offering to swap out some of the trick-or-treat haul with some fun coupons for activities or toys.
Good Habits Protect Against Bad
Strong oral hygiene never goes out of style. Brushing at least twice a day for at least two minutes and flossing at least once a day help to keep a smile clean and clear of bacteria. Habits like drinking water and chewing sugarless gum can help keep a smile rinsed throughout the day. This can be especially important when indulging in lots of decay-causing sugar. One very important habit that should not be dismissed is routine visits to the dentist. Exams and cleanings are one of best ways to defend a smile’s health.
Defend your family’s smiles this Halloween
Trick-or-treating does not have to play tricks on your family’s smile health. For more information, schedule a consultation by calling E-Care Dentistry, PA in Olathe, KS, today at 913-764-1018. We also proudly serve patients from Overland Park, Lenexa, Leawood, Gardner, Spring Hill, Osawatomie, Edgerton, Shawnee, Johnson County, De Soto, Paola, Lawrence, and all surrounding communities.