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October has arrived. Fun costumes, trick or treating and loads of Halloween candy are on their way! Dr. Schuman and our wonderful staff support you having a fun time. We also understand that it can be a challenge to help your family’s mouths stay healthy. It’s ok to eat candy, but it’s important to have a plan. Here are some tips:

-It’s about timing: The bacteria in one’s mouth feed on sugar, creating acid, which can, in turn, create tooth decay. However, if sugary treats are consumed with a meal, the other foods can help cancel out the effect of the acid. Strategize by keeping candy in a designated place that your children cannot access without your help. Then allow them to pick out one or two special treats to put in their school lunches or to eat with dinner.

-Brush and floss: Remind your children to brush twice a day for two minutes each with fluoride toothpaste and floss each evening. Replace toothbrushes every 3-4 months or earlier if they are worn.

-Chew sugarless gum: After candy, chew sugarless gum. Chewing gum for 20 minutes kindles saliva production which then washes away bad bacteria and leftover food particles. You can even hand out sugarless gum to trick-or-treaters on Halloween to help other families.

October might be the just the right time to bring your kids to see the dentist!. Call 618-797-9940 to set up an appointment in Granite City or Highland, IL, to see Dr. Schuman. We’re here to make you smile.