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As you watch your child jump up and down with joy with the thought of Halloween night, do you ever just want to cringe with fright? If so, you’re not alone. However, the fright isn’t because of the ghosts and werewolves—it’s because of the countless amounts of sugar that is about to damage their children’s teeth. Fortunately, there are things you can do to help your child have a healthy Halloween smile in Cottonwood, Arizona, and our dentist, Dr. Bruce Westover, is happy to tell you all about them, which are:

-Before you your child walks out the door to ring bells and beg for candy, make sure they eat a solid and satisfying meal. If they aren’t hungry, they won’t feel the need to fill up on candy, which can help them avoid dental issues and sickness.

-While your child is out and about, motivate them to choose non-sticky and easy-to-eat candies. These treats are less likely to harm the chompers because they don’t cling to the smile for a long time.

-If your child returns home with sour candy, it’s best to limit the number of pieces they eat. This is recommended because sour candy has acid, and acid can cause enamel erosion. So, the less sour candy they eat, the better off their smile will be.

-Make sure your child doesn’t eat all their candy in one sitting. This might be an obvious tip, but it can be more difficult than you might think. When your child is excited about their candy, they will want to eat it all as soon as they get home. Instead, tell your child beforehand that they can only have a few pieces of candy when they finish trick-or-treating because you want them to have a strong and healthy smile. They can save the rest of the candy for later. After they are done eating their small amount of candy, have them drink a glass of water and brush their teeth.

Call Dr. Bruce Westover today at 928-634-5566 if you have any questions or if you would like to know more about how to help your child’s smile throughout the holidays. Our dental team is here to help you in any way we can, and we look forward to your phone call!