October 13, 2017
Oh sure, your kids may get spooked by the ghouls and goblins roaming around this Halloween, but we know the scariest thing for parents and guardians this holiday is cavities and tooth decay. If you’d like professional tips on keeping your children’s smiles healthy and beautiful this Halloween, call North Shore Dental at 231-366-4182 for general dentistry services and more!
For your convenience, Dr. Christopher Sortman, Dr. Kyle Gies, and our caring team of dental professionals treat patients of all ages at our conveniently located Norton Shores, MI dentist office. We provide all the dental treatments that the littlest smiles in your family need!
So you don’t have to deal with the nightmare of screwing up your work schedule and your child’s school attendance record, we offer flexible hours. Outside the normal nine-to-five, our office is open:
- Starting at 7:00 a.m. Monday through Thursday
- Until 6:00 p.m. on Mondays
- Until 7:00 p.m. on Tuesdays
If you’d like to get some peace of mind regarding Halloween this year, visit us for tips and general dentistry services!
Fight Mouth Monsters With General Dentistry & Oral Hygiene
The best way to prevent tooth decay from attacking your children’s smiles is to help them establish good oral hygiene habits from an early age. You know that you’re supposed to brush your teeth twice a day, but your little ones might not.
Even when your kids are very young, you can spark an interest in oral health simply by modeling good brushing and flossing techniques. Children frequently want to mimic just about everything their parents do, so by brushing and flossing together, you may just turn out to be their oral health hero!
We can also demonstrate good brushing and flossing techniques for your little ones at our Norton Shores, MI dentist office. We have the know-how and the experience with children to explain the importance of keeping teeth clean in a way that will engage your kiddos and help them take an interest in maintaining the health and beauty of their smiles.
Just as a reminder, here are some basics on what everyone should do for their pearly whites every day:
- Brush your teeth at least twice a day, and after every meal if possible, with toothpaste and a soft-bristled toothbrush
- Floss between each tooth at least once daily
- Use a mouthwash or rinse if recommended
Because your teeth have grooves in them that are so thin not even a single bristle from a toothbrush can clean inside them, you should also bring your children (and yourself) in to see us for a professional dental cleaning and exam every six months. We’ll clean your family’s smiles thoroughly and treat any signs of decay while the issue is still easily managed.
But maybe part of why you’re so afraid of Halloween candies damaging your kid’s smiles is because your kiddo’s grins are in such great shape and you don’t want that ruined. Well, we can also help you understand what causes cavities and strategies for avoiding tooth decay.
Perhaps the most important thing you should know this Halloween when it comes to preventing dental problems in your children’s smiles is that as long as sugary or acidic candies are present, bad bacteria thrive. You may be surprised to know, for that reason, candies that disappear quickly like chocolate are actually not that bad for teeth if eaten in moderation.
The more acidic, sticky, and long-lasting a candy is, the worse it could potentially be for your kid’s smile. Here are some of the worst perpetrators in popular Halloween candy:
- Hard candies, like suckers, jawbreakers, hard caramels, and Jolly Ranchers
- Taffy, caramel, licorice, Airheads, and other sticky sweets
- Lemonheads, Warheads, sour gummies, and other highly acidic candies
You can also try various strategies to prevent your kids from binging on Halloween candy. For example, you could hold on to their haul this Halloween and allow them to have candy for dessert after meals instead of letting them snack throughout the day. Anything you can do to keep their sugary, acidic candy intake to a minimum in terms of duration is a plus.
To get peace of mind and know you’ve got the stuff to scare away tooth decay and other dental issues this Halloween, call North Shore Dental at 231-366-4182 to get some oral hygiene tips and general dentistry services. You can also use our handy online form or stop by our beautiful Norton Shores, MI dentist office in person to schedule or ask our team questions.