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It’s Halloween Time! Enjoy It By Taking These Precautions.

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Halloween can be a fun time for the whole family, but as dentists we have specific concerns about how Halloween traditions can affect the teeth. Here are some ways parents can help ensure their children’s dental and overall health while enjoying this special time of year.

  1. Go through the kids’ Halloween stash together and allow them to choose their favorites while guiding them away from hard, sour, and sticky candies. This way, you avoid teaching children that candy is bad. Instead, you are teaching that candy in moderation is OK. Chocolate candies are actually better than others because the ingredients are easier to brush away.

  2. Set time frames for both eating candy treats and brushing afterwards. Let your children participate in choosing their preferred time frames for both activities.

  3. Make tooth brushing fun. Take advantage of the Halloween season by allowing your children to choose a new toothbrush and toothpastes from among the many colorful offerings on the market. Just be sure the toothpaste includes fluoride for children – just a small smear of toothpaste for children under three years and just a pea-sized dab for children three to six years old. Be sure to supervise children eight years and younger to ensure they are doing a thorough job.

  4. Help safeguard your neighborhood children’s dental and overall health! Consider joining the Teal Pumpkin Project sponsored by Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE). There are four steps you can take to make Halloween safer for children with allergies and digestive disorders.
    • Choose non-food treats for trick-or-treaters. Glow sticks, stickers, spider rings, vampire fangs, silly glasses, kazoos, and comic books are some examples.
    • Display a teal-colored pumpkin on your porch to show you are making non-food treats available for children.
    • Download a free poster from the FARE website and display it in your front window.
    • Learn more online at


Have an adult accompany trick-or-treaters as they visit homes in the community.


Avoid hard candy and sticky candy, which are the kinds most harmful to teeth.


Light up the night with glow sticks or flashlights for each trick-or-treater. Consider adding reflective tape to the back of each child’s costume.


Look for traffic as you travel with your trick-or-treaters around the neighborhood.


Only walk on sidewalks whenever possible, or walk on the side of the street facing traffic.


Wear costumes and masks that fit well and allow for a clear view of surroundings.


Eat store-bought candy and treats, avoiding any that are open or are home-made by strangers.


Enjoy a limited amount of candy and other sugary treats once trick-or-treating is over. Pick out 10 favorites, then put the rest in the freezer or donate the stash to a good cause! Ask about Dr. Martinez’s candy buyback program!


NEVER FORGET TO BRUSH YOUR TEETH AFTER TRICK-OR-TREATING! Sugars love to stick around, and bacteria take advantage of sugars to create plaque that leads to cavities.

Dental Injuries

Your Guide to First Aid for Children

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As parents, you know the joy of watching your children’s first teeth emerge and others fill in as they mature. Healthy teeth are an important part of your children’s development. The teeth aid in the first step of the digestive process. They also contribute to the development of proper speech and facial appearance.

Once children become active, however, their slips, trips and falls may result in damage to the teeth. We here at Dentistry 4 Kids & Teens 2 are experienced in the care of dental injuries in children of all ages. We’d like to offer some tips on managing dental injuries, including first aid before you arrive at our office.

Mild mouth injury with loosening of teeth

  • Rinse with cold water.
  • Schedule a non-urgent visit to the dentist for examination.
  • Administer over-the-counter pain medication.
  • Maintain a soft diet for two weeks.
  • Watch for changes in tooth color.

Mild injury to baby teeth and gums

  • Press wet gauze to gum area.
  • Offer an ice pop to relieve pain and swelling.
  • Call the dentist for instructions.
  • Administer over-the-counter pain medication.
  • Watch for swelling, fever or continuing pain.

Injury to tooth and gums with tooth in socket but pushed out of place

  • Arrange for a prompt visit to the dentist for examination and treatment.
  • Rinse the mouth with cold water.
  • Administer over-the-counter pain medication.

Injury causing permanent tooth to be chipped or broken

  • Arrange for a prompt visit to the dentist for examination and treatment.
  • Rinse the mouth with warm water.
  • Collect all pieces of the tooth for presentation to the dentist.

Injury causing permanent tooth to be knocked out

  • Arrange for prompt visit to the dentist for examination and treatment.
  • Try to gently replant the tooth in the socket (best within 20 minutes), holding the tooth only by the chewing surface; do not touch the root.
  • Have child bite down on wet gauze or a handkerchief to hold the tooth in place until you reach the dentist. Do not have the child hold the tooth loose in the mouth.
  • If the tooth cannot be replanted, store it in low-fat milk, saline solution or water until you reach the dentist.

Injury causing baby tooth to be knocked out

  • Arrange for visit to the dentist within 24 hours.
  • Press wet gauze to the gum area.
  • Do not try to replant the tooth back into the socket.

We hope these guidelines will give you the confidence to act if your child experiences a dental injury. If a tooth injury should occur in your children, we are happy to assist by phone or in person during office hours.

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