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The candy frenzy associated with the Halloween tradition can have ramifications on multiple levels. The sugar high and crash that results from your child binging on a bucket of candy isn’t the only cause for concern. All of these sweet treats also greatly increase their chances of developing cavities.

To help prevent this from happening, your dentist, Dr. Tovar, suggests having your child rinse their mouth with water immediately after eating the candy. Once they are done, you should encourage them to brush their teeth.

This can also be an opportunity to reinforce good oral habits. Providing them with a new toothbrush can help get them excited about brushing. This can also be a good time to remind them of a proper brushing method. This involves holding the brush at a 45-degree angle toward the gum line and moving the brush back and forth along teeth and gums, in short, gentle strokes.

Flossing after brushing is also a good idea for removing residual sticky particles from between teeth. You can remind your child that the proper flossing technique involves working the strand between teeth, curving it into a U shape, and working it up and down to clear the area. Then, the strand should be worked along the gumline.

If you have questions about how to mitigate the effects of Halloween candy in Peoria, Arizona, you can always call Pleasant Valley Dentistry at 623-561-1470 to seek further advice.