Happy Halloween from Plymouth Dentistry in Plymouth, MI! We hope your Halloween preparations are going well. Have you decided what your costume will be? Or what your children will wear? Maybe John Cena from the WWE, or Spongebob Square Pants?

Halloween is a tremendously fun time of year for the whole family. There are haunted houses to visit, scary movies to watch, and a host of tremendous treats to enjoy. What’s your favorite type of candy? Around the office, we love Reese’s Pieces.

Halloween should be filled with memories and joys. Unfortunately, Halloween is also one of the most dangerous times of year for your family’s oral health. Your children will likely be going door to door and collecting candy. While this a great American tradition, it is also filled with the dangers of tooth decay that can follow eating too much candy.

In today’s post of the dental health blog from Plymouth Dentistry in Plymouth, MI, we want to share some tips and tricks for ensuring your family’s oral health throughout the holiday season. By no means should you avoid all Halloween candy, but it can be helpful to have a plan of action for ensuring the health of your teeth and your children’s teeth.

A good dental health routine is of an even more heightened importance than normal. Your children need to be in the routine of brushing twice a day, for at least two minutes at a time. Although it’s probably not too difficult to get them to brush twice a day, most children simply do not brush for long enough. The ingredients in toothpaste contain powerful decay blocking ingredients, but they require some time to be of maximum effectiveness.

It’s also extremely important to make sure your children are flossing in the evening. Many sticky candies can get caught in hard to reach places of their mouth. Normal brushing will not remove the bacteria from sugary candy alone. If your child is struggling with flossing, there are other options to consider on the market. Floss picks often have an easy-to-use toothbrush like handle that can make it far easier for children to clean in-between their teeth.

It’s also really important to make sure your children are drinking a lot of water this Halloween. When possible, avoiding giving them candy and soda together. Soda is so acidic that it actually partially dissolves the enamel of their teeth. This makes their teeth even more vulnerable to the dangers of the sugar-attracted bacteria that causes tooth decay.

Choose water instead for two reasons. First, water is extremely helpful for rinsing candy and bacteria out of their mouths. This makes them less susceptible to tooth decay. Second, most public supplies of water contain fluoride. Fluoride helps strengthen the enamel of their teeth.

This time of year is also a good time to check and make sure you’ve scheduled a dental appointment for you and your children. Dental visits should happen at least every six months, a regular cleaning help ensures all the decay causing plaque and dental tartar gets removed from their teeth. Regular brushing and flossing alone is not enough to prevent tooth decay.

So make an appointment today at Plymouth Dentistry in Plymouth, MI. You can make an appointment by calling 734-224-4359.