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Halloween Dental Health Tips in Las Vegas, NV; Best & Worst Candy & Treats for Your Child’s Teeth

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Halloween is an exciting holiday that brings with it the thrill of dressing up in costumes, listening to scary ghost stories, and eating home baked goodies and lots of other sweet treats. According to the dental professionals at Smile Reef it’s the sugar in those treats that is far more frightening than any ghost or goblin. And here’s why: When your child munches down on candy or sweets, bacteria eats the sugar and any leftover food that is in their mouth before producing acid. This acid is one of the main factors that contribute towards the formation of cavities. But there is no need to rain down completely on the kids Halloween parade, its ok for them to eat sweets on Halloween providing they keep up with their Smile Reef daily brushing and flossing regime.

Halloween Candy Dental Health Tips to Help Care for Your Teeth

Donate Halloween Candy to Charity: You might be tempted to keep candy in the house but your teeth will thank you if you limit the amount. Allow your family to pick out a few of their favorite candies and donate the rest. There are several organizations and church groups who send care packages to our troops or under privileged children overseas.
Drink Plenty of Fluoridated Water: Fluoridated water is known to prevent tooth decay. If you prefer your family members to drink bottled water make sure you purchase the kind that contains fluoride.
Maintain a Healthy Diet High in Calcium: A healthy balanced diet that is high in calcium is the foundation for the overall health of your family’s teeth and gums.
Eat Sugar & Sweets After a Meal: The best time for children to eat sugary food including Halloween candy is shortly after eating their meal when they produce more saliva. Saliva helps to cancel out some of the acids that are naturally occurring in the bacteria found in their mouth and also helps to rinse away particles of food

Best & Worst Halloween Candy for Your Teeth

Is Chocolate Bad Your Teeth?: Chocolate is probably the most popular form of candy that is handed out to trick or treaters during Halloween. As it turns out that is a good thing for their teeth. Chocolate washes away much faster than many other types of candy, and dark chocolate in particular contains less sugar than regular milk chocolate making it a much better choice for their pearly whites.
Sticky Gummy Bears Candy is Bad for Teeth: Sticky is never a good sign and gummy candies in particular are some of the worst options when it comes to your child’s dental health. Since the candy is sticky and harder to remove it stays on teeth giving cavity-causing bacteria a chance to work overtime.
Hard Candy Can Damage Teeth: Be especially weary of hard candy on Halloween which can break teeth when chewed. Don’t be lulled into a false sense of security thinking it’s safe if your family members suck on them. If they keep the candy in their mouth for longer periods of time, they are allowing the sugar to wash over their teeth and stick which will allow cavities to form.
What Does Sour Candy Do to Tooth Enamel?: Sour candy, especially the sticky kind that is coated in sugar should always be avoided. Sour candy is especially acidic which can weaken and permanently damage the enamel on your family’s teeth making them especially susceptible to cavities.
Popcorn Balls Can Chip Teeth: If your kids just can’t resist the allure of a popcorn ball, make sure you keep some floss on hand to help remove the kernels that get stuck between their teeth. The kernels are hard, sugary and sticky and the number one cause for chipped teeth during the holiday season.

Pediatric Dentistry Care

If you are interested in learning more about pediatric dentistry in Las Vegas including oral hygiene, preventative care, and correct brushing and flossing techniques contact the knowledgeable dental experts at Smile Reef Pediatric Dentistry today.

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What to Do if a Baby or Permanent Tooth Gets Knocked Loose or Out of Position; Chipped or Broken in Half, at Gum Line or With Root Still In!

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A lot of parents have a fear of their children having a tooth break or getting knocked out. If you know what to do before this happens it can be less stressful when it does. It can minimize permanent damage that may be a result too. Your child may also be less terrified because you aren’t running around like a crazy person! The most important thing to do is make sure you have your child’s dentist’s phone number handy or programmed into your phone.

Chipped, Cracked & Broken Front & Molar Teeth

Any injury to your child’s mouth should be checked by a dentist as there are things you are unable to see below the surface and a chipped tooth may also have a root that was fractured. This unfortunately can’t be seen with the naked eye, and can lead to an infection. If you chip, break or crack a tooth you should call the Dentist. Rinse the mouth with water, use a cold compress to bring down any swelling and bring the piece of tooth to the dentist if possible.

Baby Tooth VS Permanent Tooth

If a baby tooth is knocked out you should never try to put it back into where it came out of as there is a permanent tooth coming down and you may damage it. Contact your child’s dentist to make an appointment to have it looked at. If it’s a permanent tooth that is knocked out, then you need to see the dentist as quickly as possible. If a permanent tooth is replanted within five minutes after the injury, it has a good chance of survival. Permanent teeth can even still be re-implanted within one to two hours after being knocked out. After you find the tooth, pick it up by the crown or the widest part of the tooth and try not to touch the root. Gently rinse the tooth with cold water for 10 seconds and don’t use soap or scrub it. The best thing to do is to put it back in its socket and have your child bite down gently on a washcloth or clean gauze. If this isn’t working you should keep it clean and put it into a container with some cold milk, saline solution, water or saliva and get to the dentist immediately.

Chipped & Broken Tooth Repair

The enamel can be sealed to keep the bacteria out and there are times where the piece of tooth that broke off can be reattached at the dentist’s office. Chips and cracks can be repaired with bonding materials. If jagged or rough teeth are causing pain they can be filled or polished to smooth edges. Over several weeks after any dental trauma, the tooth may change color. This may be a sign that there was some trauma to the tooth that you didn’t even know about. It’s also a sign that the blood and nerve supply within the tooth has died. A dentist needs to take a look and determine what needs to be done.

Emergency Pediatric Dentistry

It’s impossible to prevent all slips and falls. Child-proof your home the best you can and have your children wear mouth guards when playing sports. Just because baby teeth aren’t permanent doesn’t mean they don’t require special care. Trauma to baby teeth can damage permanent teeth and delay their eruption. Contact Smile Reef for all you child’s emergency dental needs.

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