If you’re a parent or guardian, you’re probably spooked about what might happen to your children’s teeth this Halloween. Don’t just cross your fingers and hope for the best this candy-fueled holiday! If you’d like to keep your kids’ smiles healthy and beautiful, call S&G Family Dentistry at 913-945-1612 for tooth-friendly Halloween tips and general dentistry services!
At our Leawood, KS dentist office, Dr. Lynne M. Schopper, Dr. Jarrett S. Grosdidier, Dr. Lorenzo Neilsen, and the rest of our talented team provide a wide range of dental services for patients of all ages. We can also help you and your loved ones prevent dental troubles from occurring in the first place by helping you understand what causes tooth decay and other issues.
With our help, you can teach your children proper oral hygiene habits and the importance of eating a balanced diet, even during Halloween. When your little ghouls and witches pop out their fake teeth and take off their costumes, we want to make sure their smiles are as beautiful as ever!
For your convenience, we accept a variety of payment options and even provide some flexible hours with appointments as early as 7:00 a.m. on Tuesdays and Fridays. This way, you can bring your kids in to see us before you take them to school, then get on with your day as usual!
Visit For General Dentistry & Tips For Fighting Mouth Monsters
One of the best things you can do to ensure your children maintain a dazzling and healthy set of chompers is to instill the importance of proper oral hygiene practices. By getting your kids to appreciate the importance of oral health from a young age, you’ll be giving them a gift that will last a lifetime.
You probably know that you’re supposed to visit the dentist every six months for a routine dental cleaning and exam, but you may not know why. For starters, the surface of teeth have grooves so thin that not even a single bristle from a toothbrush can get inside to clean them. A dentist uses special techniques and tools to clean your teeth and mouth thoroughly.
During a dental exam, our experienced team will also check for signs of dental issues so we can treat them as early and easily as possible. We’ll evaluate your gums and teeth and check for diseases like oral cancer as well.
Of course, oral hygiene doesn’t stop at the dentist’s office. You should also teach your children to brush their teeth at least twice a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. Everyone, including kids, should also floss at least once daily.
If by chance your child does have issues with tooth decay and develops a cavity or other issue, we can provide a gentle tooth filling treatment or other restorative dentistry procedure to address the problem and stop it from getting any worse.
But along with practicing good oral hygiene habits, there are other behaviors you can encourage and discourage this Halloween to help your kid prevent dental issues from occurring. One thing that is important to know is that not all candy is created equal when it comes to the threat posed to teeth.
The longer-lasting a candy is, the worse it is for kid’s smile. That’s because as long as sticky sugars and starches are present, bad bacteria in your child’s mouth is working to cause damage. Here are some of the candies that could cause the most damage to your kiddo’s chompers:
- Suckers, jawbreakers, and other hard candies
Instead of these sticky, long-lasting candies, you could allow your children to indulge in candies that disappear quickly, like chocolate.
Another thing you can try is making sure your kid has a balanced, wholesome meal before they go out to trick-or-treat. This will curb their appetite and prevent them from getting full on sugar. They may also sleep better the night of Halloween since they won’t be as hyper.
Instead of letting children snack on their Halloween candy, you could keep it for them and let them have some for dessert after meals. Generally speaking, anything you can do to limit the duration of candy consumption is a smart move to keep their smiles healthy.
Protect your children’s smiles from mouth monsters by visiting S&G Family Dentistry for tooth-friendly Halloween tips and general dentistry services. Call 913-945-1612, swing by our conveniently located Leawood, KS dentist office in person, or use our handy online form to schedule or ask a team member questions.