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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!

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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!

August is coming to a close, and Labor day is just around the corner. For some, this means the end of summer. While fall hasn’t officially started, kids are back in school and it’s darker in the morning when we get to the office.

Maybe you haven’t yet been in this year for a cleaning and checkup. We want you to maximize your dental insurance, so call us soon to get in. We are here on Fridays and can try to accommodate your schedule as best we can. Perhaps you have work you need to have done and the summer was just too crazy to come in. Now that you’re figuring out your school routines with your kids, you can hopefully find some time to make that appointment.

If your kids are the ones who need to come in, call us! We work until 5:00 pm, so we can often get them in after school.

Did you know we run some specials, both for our patients and those wanting to become patients?

We offer free whitening for life to new patients. This includes custom bleach trays for you to take home and bleach with every checkup appointment as long as you’re our patient. We’ve had some people get great results from their bleach trays, even a couple of brides-to-be this summer!

We also run a special for kids. If your children are non-insured, we can do their checkup and cleaning (with coupon) for just $99. This includes their cleaning, a comprehensive exam, fluoride treatment and any necessary x-rays.

If you’re a new patient and not young enough to be considered a kid anymore, we can give you our new patient special. For $79, we’ll do a comprehensive exam, a panoramic x-ray and any bitewing x-rays the doctor needs. This is great for you to come in and determine what your dental needs are. This special does not include a cleaning.

You can also ask us about our referral specials, available to current patients when they refer friends and family (some restrictions apply).

 

Summer is winding down and we all know what time it is!

You walk into any store and see backpacks, pencils and laptops on sale. That’s right, back to school time.

We know you have so much to do to get ready, shopping for new clothes and crossing off those crazy supply lists. We’re going to add one more thing to your to-do list. If your kids haven’t been in for their cleaning and checkup, it’s time. Call us to get them scheduled before school starts, along with the crazy schedules that come with it!