We hope all of our Valley Dental Health families have a spooktacular Halloween! We want to keep everyone smiling brightly and pain-free during the month’s festivities. As always family dentists Dr. Ashley Izadi and Dr. Roham Rafat encourage all patients to brush and floss at least twice a day and continue to visit the dentist at least twice a year for routine check-ups. Dental cleanings can keep your teeth clean and cavity-free all year round.
No one is more excited to eat that candy than the bacteria in your mouth! Bacteria feed off of the sugar left behind in the cracks and crevices of your smile. The bacteria then leave behind an acid that can erode the enamel on your teeth leading to tooth decay.
Here are some tricks to make that candy disappear and how to keep your family cavity free while surrounded by so many treats!
Enjoy Your Treats, But Brush Your Teeth!
- Create a Candy Exchange: Get creative and create a candy exchange in your home. Offer your kids small toys, a night out at their favorite restaurant, or an extra hour of screen time in exchange for their candy. You can make the exchange as simple as one lump trade, or create a whole mock economy- have your kids barter and negotiate using their candy as currency. Have a few of their favorite healthy snacks, books, or activity coupons for them to “purchase”.
- Reuse & Recycle: The internet is an amazing resource for craft concepts. Google candy wrapper art to see all the amazing things you can design using the wrappers from your candy. You can create up-cycled wallets, purses, coasters, or whatever you can dream up! Use all those candy wrappers to make some cool art that can be used as holiday gifts!
- Build A Candy City: Use the candy to create a candy wonderland. Whether you build a candy forest with Twizzler trees or a candy cityscape with chocolate skyscrapers, this project uses up some of that unnecessary sugar and allows you and your children to get creative. You can use a piece of recycled cardboard as the base for your candy creation. Regular glue or frosting can work to hold it all together!
Of course, you and your children are certain to consume some candy this Halloween, as you should! Valley Dental Health just recommends brushing your teeth after enjoying a treat. If you are out and about on Halloween adventures try bringing some mouthwash with you to rinse away that sugary residue. Drink plenty of water and avoid sugary beverages.
Another great idea, schedule your routine dental cleaning with Valley Dental Health today to clean away any leftover sugary residue. We provide you and your whole family with a comprehensive preventative dental care to help you maintain a healthy and happy smile. Request an appointment online with Dr. Ashley Izadi today.