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No tricks, only treats for children's teeth during Halloween

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Summit Dental Center in Houston is sharing all important tips about how to handle the huge flow of candy into your home during Halloween, as well as the upcoming holidays.

Children will be glad to know that Dr. Phuong Pham with Summit Dental says let your children enjoy their candy. He does have a few guidelines that he feels will help spare their teeth though, including:

1. Choose one time of day for them to eat candy (he suggests right after school.)

2. Encourage your children to brush their teeth after eating candy, and don't wait until bedtime.

3. Consider letting your children have their candy for a week, then donate it to an organization that sends it to our military men and women overseas.

4. Limit sour candies, which have citric acid and can erode tooth enamel.

5. Consider getting sealants on your children's teeth, which can help prevent cavities.

6. Brush teeth at least twice a day for two minutes each time.

7. If they can't brush their teeth after eating a lot of candy, at least have them drink water and even swish it around to rinse the teeth.

8. Floss as soon as your children are old enough (which is when their teeth start touching).

9. Examine your children's teeth at least once a week to look for dark spots or stains (signs of a cavity)

10. Get dental check-ups every six months for a deep cleaning and fluoride treatment.

For more information, visit http://www.summitdentalcenter.com/.

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