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March started out nice here in Salt Lake City, and we’re hoping it continues. Our staff was excited to get the month started after visiting the Utah dental convention held downtown at the Salt Palace.

girls at convention

They spent time learning about new techniques in hygiene and assisting, as well as how to make YOUR experience better. Give us a chance to show you how well we take care of our patients.

We’re enjoying this month so far, and the warmer weather. We especially enjoy the Utah mountains as the sun comes up when we start our days early at 7:00 am. Do you prefer this early time for your cleaning and checkup? If so, call us soon, because these appointments are going fast!

We also have some appointments left if you’re looking to get your children in during their spring break from school later this month and in early April. Call us today to get booked!

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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!

Many people are fans of the Discovery show, but here at Salt Lake Dental, we have our own version of myth busters! Whether it’s a myth brought by a patient, or sharing an article, we try to face those concerns, questions and stories head on.

Every Wednesday on our Facebook page, we’ll give you some information about your dental care and oral health, so please follow along and feel free to submit your own myth either on our page, or via email.