Dental Cleanings & Exams Protect Smiles Against Halloween Candy

If there’s anything even close to the boogie man for adults this upcoming holiday, it’s definitely tooth decay. If thinking about the damage all that Halloween candy could cause to your child’s smile is sending chills down your spine, call Charles F. Betts, Jr. Family Dentistry at 256-274-8680 to schedule a dental cleaning and exam.

At our Decatur, AL dentist office, Dr. Charles Betts and our kid-friendly team do everything we can to fight back tooth decay monsters so your children can maintain healthy, beautiful smiles.

With our help, you’ll save time and money in the long run by bringing your children to our conveniently located dental office for all your general dentistry needs. It’s a lot easier and cost-effective to prevent dental problems from occurring in the first place than it is to try to fix them after they occur!

So financial concerns don’t have to stand between your kiddos and a great set of pearly whites, we accept a wide variety of payment options. We also offer an affordable dental savings plan for patients of all ages. If you take advantage of this plan, (you or) your kid will annually receive:

  • Two dental cleanings and exams
  • Digital X-rays
  • Fluoride treatments
  • Professional advice and guidance for oral health habits at home
  • A fifteen percent discount on any other required dental procedures

Prepare For Halloween With A Dental Cleaning And Pro Tips

The surface of teeth may seem smooth, but your enamel actually has grooves, pits, and other irregularities that are so small, not even a single toothbrush bristle can get inside to clean them. That’s part of why it’s so important to bring your children to our Decatur, AL dentist office twice a year for a thorough dental cleaning.

When we perform dental cleanings, we use special instruments that clean teeth more thoroughly than you ever could on your own. We’re also able to break up and remove plaque and other potential dental problems that are too stubborn to be removed at home.

Along with cleaning your kid’s smile, we will also perform a thorough examination. This will allow us to catch any signs of tooth decay or other dental problems while the issue is still quick and easy to treat.

For example, if we catch a cavity early, we can provide a small tooth filling to restore the shape of your kid’s tooth instead of having to perform a more major restorative dentistry treatment. We will also check for signs of gum disease and other oral health issues.

If your child still has their baby teeth, you may be wondering why it’s such a big deal to take care of them, since they’ll eventually be replaced by adult teeth anyway. To put it simply, an oral health problem can quickly spread and affect other areas of the mouth.

Also, if your little one loses a tooth prematurely because of a dental problem, there will be a gap in their smile that could lead to other complications. The teeth surrounding the gap could start to drift out of place and cause issues when the adult tooth begins to emerge, for instance.

Of course, bringing your child to see us for a dental cleaning twice a year is not going to be enough to keep your child’s smile healthy. Just as a reminder, your child should also:

  • Brush their teeth twice a day with fluoridated toothpaste and a soft-bristled toothbrush
  • Floss at least once daily
  • Use a mouthwash or rinse if recommended by a dentist

By maintaining good oral health habits, your kid will do their part to keep tooth decay away in between their annual visits. To encourage these behaviors, we can provide various tips on making these activities fun. We can also provide personalized suggestions for improving brushing technique based on the condition of your kid’s teeth.

With good oral hygiene practices, your kiddos will still be able to enjoy Halloween candy this year without worrying you too much about their oral health. If you’re still concerned about Halloween candy, we can provide various tips, including:

  • Having kids brush their teeth after eating candy
  • Letting your children have candy for dessert instead of snacking on it throughout the day
  • Providing a full meal before trick-or-treating so your kids will be less inclined to fill up on sweets

To keep your kiddo’s grin gorgeous and their teeth strong, call Charles F. Betts, Jr. Family Dentistry at to schedule a dental cleaning, exam, and consultation with professional advice. You can also use our handy online form.