Halloween tips from dentists

Have you ever wondered what dentists give out on Halloween? The answers are in.

Sixty percent of dentists give out candy at Halloween, according to Delta Dental’s 2011 Tricky Treats survey of over 250 dentists. Nearly one out of four dentists do not hand out anything on Halloween, while 5% hand out toothbrushes.

Of those who hand out candy, 79% choose chocolate, while just 13% hand out varieties like hard candy or lollipops. And there’s a good reason for their choice of treats.

Time is of the essence when it comes to teeth and sugar, so not all candy is equally scary. Chewy treats and hard candy are particularly damaging because they spend a prolonged amount of time stuck to teeth and are more difficult for teeth to break down. Sweets like chocolate that quickly dissolve in the mouth and can be eaten easily lessen the amount of time sugar stays in contact with teeth
dental vacuum forming machine.

If your child needs anesthesia

anesthesia for children
If your child needs a difficult or complex dental procedure, your dentist may recommend options for sedation to help control your child’s anxiety. It’s important to be informed about the benefits and risks of any dental treatment for your child.

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Before any type of procedure, give the dental office your child’s most up-to-date health history – including allergies and any medications that your child is currently taking. Here are some questions you may want to ask your dentist about sedation procedures:

What type of medication(s) will be used and how will they be administered
dental handpiece?
What are the possible side effects?
What is the minimum level of sedation that might be used to get the treatment done safely? Are there other options?
What training and experience is required to administer the medications?
How will the child be monitored
dental curing light? Will someone remain in the room once the sedation is administered and stay there during and after treatment?
What provisions are made for emergency medical services?
How long will the sedation last? Are there any post-treatment instructions that should be followed?
Will post-treatment pain medication be necessary?

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