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Halloween is a holiday that encourages children to dress up as an imaginary character and binge on free candy. At the same time, it’s not unheard of for a parent to sneak some pieces of candy from their child’s candy bucket.

All of this increased sugar consumption can greatly increase the chances of cavities. Residual sugars can easily get trapped in contours along the teeth. This could include the seams between teeth or in the deep pits and fissures on the biting surfaces of molars and premolars.

To help mitigate these problems, you can vigorously rinse your mouth with water after eating candy. Then, you should brush your teeth with a soft-bristled toothbrush and an abrasive toothpaste 30 minutes later. It would also be a nice benefit if the toothpaste had added fluoride to help fortify the tooth enamel.

If your son or daughter doesn’t want to brush their teeth, you might want to try buying them a new toothbrush. It might even help to slip the new toothbrush into their candy bag as a gentle reminder.

Flossing after brushing and rinsing vigorously with antiseptic mouthwash can be a nice added bonus for cleaning residual candy particles from between teeth and along the gumline.

Of course, all of these measures are in addition to your routine brushing and flossing.

If you have questions about how to reduce the impacts of Halloween candy in Davidson, North Carolina, you can always call Davidson Cosmetic & Family Dentistry at 704.987.2277 and talk to your dentist, Dr. Michael B. Wilhite.