Sparing Your Kids’ Teeth from Halloween Candy

Sparing Your Kids’ Teeth from Halloween Candy

You might expect that a dentist will tell you to keep your kids away from all Halloween candy to help protect their teeth. While avoiding candy is generally a good idea, we understand that it is not always practical. If you want to let your children enjoy this fun holiday while sparing their teeth, we can help. The following pediatric dentistry tips will ensure your kids’ teeth (and your own) make it through Halloween strong and healthy.

Keep the Sweets in Moderation

Enjoying candy and other sweet foods is fine as long as it is done in moderation. Just like your stomach may feel sick after over-indulging in candy, your teeth can also experience problems when exposed to constant candy. Picking out just a couple pieces of candy per day will not only let you enjoy it for longer, but will help to keep your teeth strong.

Choose the Right Candies

When it comes to oral care, not all candies are the same. It is a good idea to keep your kids away from sticky and chewy candy like taffy because it tends to get trapped between teeth. It is difficult for anyone, especially kids, to remove this type of candy – even with brushing. Another type of candy to avoid is hard candies and suckers since they remain in your mouth for extended periods of time.

Candies that you can enjoy quickly and then easily rinse away (with water or brushing) are ideal. Great examples of this will include chocolates, peanut butter cups, and other similar items.

Make Sure to Brush After Enjoying Candy

When you are finished with your candy for the day, make sure to brush your teeth as soon as possible. Even if it isn’t part of your normal brushing routine, this will help to remove all the sugar from your mouth so bacteria and acids do not develop and cause damage to your teeth.

Schedule a Cleaning Today

One of the best things you can do to make sure your kid’s teeth are kept strong and healthy is to schedule them for regular cleanings at your dentist. We can help provide a deep cleaning that goes beyond what brushing can do. We will also look for signs of cavities, gum disease, and other issues so they can be addressed as early as possible. Finally, we can offer additional tips and advice specifically for your child to help them learn better oral care. We offer pediatric dentistry in Greenville,schedule an appointment today.

Protect Your Kid’s Teeth During Summer Play

Protect Your Kid’s Teeth During Summer Play

Now that your kids are off of school for the summer, they’ll want to get out and enjoy themselves. Summertime is a great opportunity to have fun and make memories for children, but it can also be quite hazardous if they are not careful. An accident can happen in an instant, and without proper care, could result in serious damage to your child’s teeth. Follow these tips to help protect your kid’s teeth this summer so they can return to school with a happy and healthy smile.

Buy a Custom Mouth Guard

A mouth guard that can be molded to fit your child’s teeth perfectly will provide a lot of protection throughout most types of play. Make sure they are wearing the mouth guard when roughhousing, riding bikes, using skateboards, and enjoying other activities where they might bump their mouth.

Keep Healthy Snacks Available

Summertime often means frequent snacks to keep up their energy. Rather than eating candy and drinking sugary drinks, make sure they have vegetables and other options that taste great and won’t cause problems with their teeth.

Provide Proper Protective Equipment

If your children will be playing any sports, make sure they have the right equipment to do it safely. For potentially dangerous sports like football, baseball, and hockey, make sure their helmet has a full face guard to protect their teeth.

Follow a Daily Brushing and Flossing Routine

Once school ends, the normal routine can go right out the window. If you aren’t careful, this can mean that your kids skip brushing and flossing from time to time, which can leave their teeth vulnerable to cavities. While the summer routine may be different than the normal school year one, it definitely needs to include proper oral care.

Schedule a Dentist Appointment

The summer is the perfect time of year to schedule a dentist appointment for your kids since they won’t have to miss any school. Get a summer cleaning and checkup at the best pediatric dentist in Greenville. Wilson Pediatric Dentistry serves children throughout Greenville, Rocky Mount, NC, Knightdale, NC and the surrounding area. Give us a call at (252) 291-4300 to schedule an appointment today.

Thumb Sucking and Your Child’s Teeth

Thumb Sucking and Your Child’s Teeth

During infancy, children may turn to a variety of “sucking” behaviors in order to self-soothe. The most common of these is thumb sucking, though pacifier use is also quite common. These forms of self-soothing are usually harmless in infancy, but when they extend into early childhood, they lead to the development of dental issues.

How Sucking Thumbs or Fingers Can impact Your Child’s Teeth

In fact, there are a number of ways in which sucking behaviors can adversely impact your child’s teeth or their overall health. Some examples include:

  • The most serious effect is malocclusion, also known as an open bite. This describes a type of dental misalignment that is notable even when the mouth is closed.
  • Long-term thumb sucking may also result in an overbite, a type of malocclusion in which the top teeth cover the bottom teeth any time the mouth is closed.
  • Thumb sucking can contribute to speech impediments. Because thumb and finger sucking results in shifting to the teeth, jaw, or palette, it can affect your child’s ability to form certain sounds.

How to Stop Harmful Behaviors

There are a few tips and strategies we recommend for parents who wish to put an end to their child’s thumb sucking behaviors.

  • Reinforce positive behaviors. Sticker/reward charts can work really well for most kids.
  • Start by eliminating thumb sucking during daytime, then naps, and finally nighttime.
  • Consider the use of Mavala thumb polish and/or fabric gloves.
  • Consider painting a face on the thumb with a non-toxic marker, a gentle reminder to your child.

Talk with a Pediatric Dentist

For additional insights, or a consultation regarding early-stage dental concerns, we recommend scheduling a consultation with a pediatric dentist.

As you search for a pediatric dentist near you, keep Wilson Pediatric Dentistry in mind. We are happy to serve kids and parents throughout the Wilson, NC community. Schedule a consultation appointment with us at any time.