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Halloween can be a fun holiday for your child, but it might be a scary holiday for their teeth, especially with all of the candy and sugar involved. So, to help you help your child have the best and healthiest smile in College Park, Maryland, this Halloween, our Steven Rattner DDS team has some tips for you! Those tips are:

-Hard and sticky candies are the most harmful to the teeth, especially because they stick to the tooth enamel and promote tooth decay. So, it’s best to encourage your child to avoid choosing the hard and sticky candies when visiting each house.

-Have your child eat their candy shortly after eating a meal. Doing so is beneficial because your child produces high amounts of saliva while eating, so the saliva can help wash away the harmful particles the candy leaves behind.

-Fluoride is a natural mineral that can strengthen the teeth, so it’s best to have your child take advantage of fluoride by drinking fluoridated water and by brushing with fluoride toothpaste. This will help prevent cavities.

-It’s important to have your child remain consistent with their oral hygiene routine. Make sure they brush their teeth twice a day, floss once a day, and rinse their mouth daily. Doing these things will help deeply clean the smile on a regular basis.

-Encourage your child to chew sugarless gum that has been approved by the American Dental Association after eating candy. Chewing will produce saliva and help clean the smile.

If you would like to know more on how to maintain your child’s strong and successful oral health this holiday season, please feel free to call our office today at 301-474-8277. Your dentist, Dr. Steven Rattner, and our dental team are here to help you in any way we can, and we look forward to hearing from you!