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How You Can Protect Your Child's Teeth This Halloween

In the spirit of Halloween, Park View Pediatric Dentistry has some tips for protecting your kid's teeth while preserving the spooktacular fun of the holiday.  Of course, one of the highlights of Halloween is coming home with a bag full of candy and other sweet treats. However, parents know that too many sugary goodies can result in something far scarier than any ghost or ghoul: cavities.

How You Can Protect Your Kid's Teeth this Halloween:

  • A little candy won't hurt; everything in moderation. Limiting the amount of Halloween candy your child eats can avoid the inevitable sugar rush, as well as reduce the risk of cavities.
  • Bargain treats for vegetables. Candies that are sour or chewy contain high amounts of acid, which can damage teeth. Encourage your little ghoul to choose healthier Halloween treats, such as pretzels. Make sure your son or daughter finishes his or her veggies at dinner before biting into the candy corn.
  • Brush, brush, brush. In practicing good oral hygiene, make sure your kids brush their teeth, especially after eating Halloween candy. Brushing teeth within 20 minutes of eating candy helps negate the effects of sugar. You should also encourage your kids to use a fluoride mouthwash and floss to further reduce the risk of cavities and tooth decay. Developing good oral hygiene habits early can ensure your child's future dental health.

Questions About Dental Care for Kids? Contact Dr. Pilla!

If you have questions about your child's oral care routine, or wish to schedule an appointment, contact Dr. Deborah Pilla today. Our office is located in Manhattan, and we can be reached at 212.879.6518. We look forward to hearing from you.

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