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Protecting Your Kids’ Teeth At Halloween

  • October 21, 2016

Protecting Your Kids’ Teeth At Halloween

It’s your job to take care of your kids’ teeth. Can you do that at Halloween? Will all of those candy and sugary treats cause tooth decay or gum disease this year? They can! That’s why you need to call Laura Y. Ki, DDS, PC today at 703-552-2530. Dental exams and dental cleanings from our highly trained team can make all the difference.

Why Sugar Can Lead To Gum Disease And Tooth Decay

Really, the sugar itself is not the problem. Then what is the cause of gum disease and tooth decay? Harmful bacteria.

These microscopic organisms live in everyone’s mouth. They live off tiny particles of food and drink that get trapped in your mouth. Sugar and carbs are packed with energy, so bacteria love these. When you eat candy or sweets, you’re giving harmful bacteria exactly what they want.

What can these bacteria do?

  • Infect your teeth, requiring a root canal.
  • Erode your enamel, creating cavities that need fillings or dental crowns.
  • Infect your gum tissues, requiring periodontal treatments.

That’s why sugar is linked to dental problems. That’s also why you need to be careful around Halloween and call our Fairfax, VA dental office today.

How Dental Cleanings And Dental Exams Can Help

Our team at Laura Y. Ki, DDS, PC is highly trained to clean teeth and spot problems while they are small. When it comes to Halloween, you want both. That’s because all that sugar will lead to problems sooner or later.

Call us today for dental cleanings and dental exams after Halloween. Our hygienist can remove plaque and tartar that might have built up after so much candy. Dr. Ki is a member of the Academy of General Dentistry and has advanced training in diagnosing dental problems that Halloween can create or make worse. The sooner Dr. Ki can catch tooth decay and gum disease, the easier it will be to correct either.

How Else You Can Protect Teeth At Halloween

Throw out your kids’ hard candy and sticky candy.

Not all candy leads to tooth decay and gum disease just as badly. Hard candy turns into liquid sugar as you suck on it. Sticky candy can get sugary bits stuck all over your teeth and gums for hours. Avoiding these types of candy can help limit the damage done at Halloween.

Then call us at 703-552-2530 for an appointment for dental cleanings and dental exams. This way, our expertise and experience can help prevent and spot problems that all the other types of candy might have caused.

Rinse with water if your kids cannot brush after candy.

If the problem is having sugar in your mouth, it makes sense that brushing and flossing are solutions. That’s why both need to be done regularly. When that’s not feasible, have your children rinse their mouths out with water. That can help wash away at least some of the sugar in their mouths.

By calling our Fairfax, VA dental office today, you can schedule appointments for your kids to get dental cleanings and dental exams. Cleanings can help prevent cavities and gum disease. Exams can help spot both while they’re easier (and cheaper) to fix. Thankfully, Dr. Ki is a family dentist that can help treat many dental problems that pop up with an exam.

Have a big meal or snack for your kids before they head out.
Have you ever gone food shopping while hungry and made some not-healthy choices? That’s what your kids deal with if they go trick-or-treating while hungry. Who knows how much candy will wind up in their belly instead of their bag? Try giving your children a big snack or even a full meal before going to parties or trick-or-treating. Your kids will be less tempted to eat candy that way.

Call us TODAY at 703-552-2530 to schedule new appointments for your whole family. After all, kids aren’t the only ones who could use a dental cleaning and dental exam around Halloween. Thanks to the years of training and experience, Dr. Ki and our whole team can help prevent or correct cavities and gum disease caused by Halloween.

It’s impossible to prevent all problems. Finding them early helps keep them manageable. However, that can’t happen until you call us here at Laura Y. Ki, DDS, PC.

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