Halloween is quickly approaching and with that comes the candy season.
Pediatric dentist Dr. John Fales of Fales Pediatric Dentistry posted this on his Facebook page reminding all of us to keep an eye on the number of snacks we are eating.
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry suggests a few simple ways to keep little mouths healthy this Halloween:
Snack in moderation, no more than three times a day.
A food with sugar or starch is safer for teeth if it is eaten with a meal, not as a snack.
Tooth brushing should be performed twice daily. The best times to brush are after breakfast and before bed. Parents should supervise the brushing for school-age children until they are seven to eight years of age (about the same time they can tie their own shoelaces or write in cursive).
The best toothbrushes have soft, round-ended (polished) bristles that clean while being gentle on the gums. The handle should be the correct size to fit your child’s hand
Select a fluoride toothpaste with the American Dental Association Seal of Acceptance.