Archives for the month of: October, 2012

While Halloween is still a few days away, we know this weekend will be full of events. Harvest festivals, corn mazes, haunted houses, trunk or treat events, parties and more. Thankfully, Salt Lake City, Utah has a LOT of fall activities!

We want you to know that there are both good and bad candy options, both of which may end up in your child’s trick-or-treat bags.

Of course, here at Salt Lake Dental, our dentists and hygienists aren’t advocates of kids stuffing themselves with tons of sugary snacks. However, we recognize that candy is an important part of the traditions that come along with Halloween. We want to help you figure out which candies are better for their teeth and which ones increase the risk of cavities.

Worst offenders:

Chewy or sticky sweets, such as gummy candies, taffy, caramel. and even dried fruit can be difficult to remove from teeth. These candies are a cause for decay, especially when they get stuck in or between the teeth, where they spend prolonged time. If your child has braces, this can be an even bigger problem.

Sour candy is very acidic and can cause damage to tooth enamel. We recommend patients wait 30 minutes to brush their teeth after consuming sour or acidic candies.

Sugary snacks, like cookies, cake, brownies, and candy corn all contain high amounts of sugar, which can cause tooth decay.

We don’t really think there is a best, but sugar-free lollipops and candies stimulate saliva, which can help prevent dry mouth, which can accelerate decay. Sugar-free gum can actually prevent cavities as it not only dislodges particles from between the teeth but also helps with saliva. Chocolate is a good treat, because it’s quickly eaten and melted away, rather than spending a lot of time in your child’s mouth.

We encourage you eat a full dinner before you go out Halloween night. Make the candy a treat, not the main course.  Ensure Halloween night ends with a good tooth brushing, along with flossing, and depending on your child’s age, a fluoride mouth rinse.

Save a couple of pieces for your child to enjoy, and bring the rest to our Halloween Sweet Swap!


Halloween is less than two weeks away! Are you ready? Do you have your costume picked out? Is your front door decorated with cobwebs? (Hey, real ones count too!)

We’re debating over our costumes, making last-minute changes, just like your kids will. We’re practicing our cackles and our pumpkin carving skills.

We’re counting out crisp dollar bills to pay out to kids in exchange for their extra Halloween candy, and preparing boxes to ship that candy to our troops overseas.

Are you coming by? We’d love to see you and your family at our Halloween candy buy back on November 1st from 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm in our office.

RSVP on Facebook and invite your friends!

We’re live on the web!

Well, if you’re reading this, you already know we were online in one way or another. You can learn more about us here on our blog, as well as on our Facebook page, but now our website is up, and you can find us one more way.

So, please, visit us at and let us know what you think!

Are you obsessed with Pinterest? Whether you use the app or the main site, we’ve seen some people get pretty crazy pinning all the projects they want to do, the products they can’t wait to buy and so on.

We wanted to join in on the frenzy! You can view our Pinterest page, and let us know your username, so we can follow your pins as well.

We’ve just added a Halloween board with great healthy ideas for treats. We’d love to see pins of your decorations and costume ideas as we get closer to the spooky holiday!

While you may know October as any number of things, it’s also National Dental Hygiene month.

You can learn more here or feel free to come in for your cleaning and checkup and talk to our dentists or our hygienist Stacy about your dental hygiene, and ask what tips they have to help you keep your mouth healthy and clean!

We’ve gotten calls and emails, and we are just as excited as you are for our Halloween Sweet Swap on November 1st.

We’re ready to get out the Halloween decorations and boo our neighbors in the plaza! The entire community is welcome and invited, this is open to the general public, not just our patients. Please get in touch with us if you’d like a flyer for your work, church or community center.

If you want to find a dentist near you, and you’re not in the Salt Lake area, you can search here to find one close by.

We look forward to seeing you in a couple of weeks. Be safe and have fun trick or treating!