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Halloween is a fun holiday for the kids, but it might not be so fun for the parents, especially because of all the candy that is about to haunt their child’s smile. However, there is a way you can enjoy the holiday as well—and that’s by using our Bryce E. Justesen, DDS Halloween smile tips! Those tips are:

-Encourage your child to avoid choosing hard, sticky candies out of the many trick-or-treating baskets. These types of candy can stick to the teeth and increase your child’s chances of having dental cavities.

-Have your child eat their candy at specific times. It’s best to have them eat their treats during or shortly after a meal. This is helpful because the saliva produced while eating will wash away the harmful candy particles.

-Take advantage of fluoride as much as possible. Have your child drink fluoridated water and use fluoride toothpaste. Doing these things will strengthen your child’s tooth enamel so it can fight the effects of sugar.

-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 higher chance of maintaining a strong and successful oral health in Mesa, Arizona. For more information and details, please feel free to call our office today at 480.827.1234. We also encourage you to schedule an appointment with our dentist, Dr. Bryce E. Justesen, if your child is due for a dental checkup. Having a dental exam and cleaning will further help your child this holiday season. We look forward to helping you!