Remember Halloween as a kid? You got to dress up as a scary monster or your favorite superhero with friends and get loads of free candy. Now think of how stressful the holiday can be as a parent. If you want to keep your kid’s smile healthy and beautiful while still allowing them to have a great Halloween, visit Panama City Smiles for a dental cleaning and exam!
You can reach us for scheduling at our Panama City, FL dentist office by calling (850) 763-8788. Dr. Anish Patel, Dr. Trae Pappas, and our professional team offer a wide variety of family dentistry services to help you and your loved ones maintain dazzling smiles and strong chompers.
Our team is great with kids and will do everything we can to make your child’s experience a pleasant one so they will have a positive association with the dentist and oral hygiene more generally for years to come!
We offer a new patient special that will include a full examination and X-rays using state-of-the-art digital technology for just $97! We also accept a variety of payment options for your convenience.
Trick Tooth Monsters By Treating Your Kid To A Dental Cleaning
The best way to defend your kid’s smile is to teach them the value of good oral hygiene from a young age. By explaining to them how important their teeth are, they’ll better understand why they have to take good care of them.
When you bring your kiddos into our Panama City, FL dentist office, we will thoroughly clean their teeth in a way that is impossible to do without professional help and techniques. Here’s one thing to keep in mind: there are grooves and pits in tooth enamel that are so small that not even a single toothbrush bristle can clean inside them. That’s one reason it’s so important to maintain routine dental visits every six months.
On top of a comprehensive dental cleaning, we will also examine your child’s teeth and gums using top-notch dental technology, including:
- Digital X-rays
- Panoramic X-rays
- Intraoral cameras
These tools will allow us to catch any potential problems early so they are more easily and affordably addressed. We often use the examination as a teaching opportunity as well, showing your child images from our intraoral camera so they know exactly what we’re talking about.
Once your kiddo’s chompers are clean and sparkling, we can then provide a variety of preventive dental care options that will help them avoid potential dental issues. Here are just a few of the ways we can strengthen and fortify your child’s pearly whites against tooth decay and other smile threats:
- Dental sealants that provide a thin, but powerful barrier against decay-causing food particles and bacteria
- A variety of fluoride treatments to strengthen tooth enamel, including solutions, gels, foams, varnishes, and supplements
We can also offer nutritional counseling geared specifically for kids (and adults) to help your children understand how the things they eat can affect their smile.
So your kids can start honing proper techniques for cleaning their teeth and mouth, we can also demonstrate proper brushing and flossing techniques. Remind your children to:
- Brush their teeth every day at least twice and after meals if possible
- Floss between every tooth once daily at minimum
- Use a rinse or mouthwash if recommended by one of our dentists
There are a number of ways you can address your concerns regarding Halloween candies and the havoc they can potentially wreak on little smiles.
For starters, make sure your kid has a full, balanced meal before they set out for trick-or-treating on Halloween. This will discourage them from gorging on candy and may even help them go to bed earlier since they won’t be so hyper from all that sugar.
You can also hold onto your kid’s haul when they get back from walking around the neighborhood for candy. By letting your children indulge in candy for dessert at meals instead of allowing them to snack on candy throughout the day, you’ll limit the duration of time when their teeth are exposed to sugars.
With a few simple approaches, you can allow your kiddos to enjoy their Halloween candy while limiting tooth decay danger for their smiles.
Stop worrying about post-Halloween tooth decay. Take the first step to booking your child’s dental cleaning and exam at Panama City Smiles by calling (850) 763-8788. You can also stop by our conveniently located Panama City, FL dentist office in person or use our handy online form to schedule or ask a kid-friendly team member questions.