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Halloween is a fun and exciting time; however, it’s not usually as fun for the smile. This is because there is a chance the teeth and gums can suffer dental issues if you don’t take the necessary measures to protect them. The good news is that there are things you can do now to protect the smile on Halloween. Today, our dentist, Dr. Ronald D. Walker, would like to teach you how to prepare your child’s smile by giving you the following tips:

First, make sure your child cares for their smile by having a diligent and effective oral hygiene routine. Their routine should include brushing their chompers twice a day, flossing their smile once a day, and rinsing their mouth with mouthwash once a day. As they clean their teeth and gums, they should use a toothbrush with soft bristles, fluoride toothpaste, and fluoride or antibacterial mouthwash. These oral hygiene tools can clean and strengthen your child’s teeth and gums, preparing them for the holiday.

Second, bring your child into Dr. Ronald D. Walker, DDS for their six-month checkup if they are due for one. This appointment will involve treatments that will help them have a strong and healthy smile for Halloween, especially because the treatments strengthen and deeply clean the teeth and gums as well as detect or treat any dental problems. This can help your child reduce the risks of developing or worsening dental issues on Halloween.

Third, explain the effects candy has on the teeth to your child. Make sure they know that enamel erosion and cavities can result from eating too much candy. Then, tell them this is the reason you are going to limit their candy consumption on Halloween night. This will lessen the shock and despair when they realize you won’t let them eat all their candy at once.

For more information and details about how to help your child have a healthy Halloween smile in Oro Valley, Arizona, please reach out to Dr. Ronald D. Walker, DDS at your earliest convenience. Our dental team is more than happy to help you if you just dial 520-297-2511 now!