Parents rarely get a break. But with all the demands of parenthood, there are infinite rewards. One of them is seeing the excitement in your kids’ faces on special occasions and holidays. Halloween is certainly one of those times!
To watch the anticipation build amongst the little ones in your household as Halloween approaches, it’s hard not to feel as excited as they are about costumes, trick-or-treating, and most importantly, candy!
But everyone knows that with great reward comes great risk. That’s what our team at Rod Gleave, DMD are helping you sort out in today’s blog!
We’ve seen our share of dental emergencies over the years. It’s one of the reasons we continue to go out of our way for patients who need dental care in a hurry. We know that despite your best efforts, especially as a parent, accidents can sometimes happen.
When they do, it’s important to know where to turn to for help so your dental emergency doesn’t spell disaster for your family’s fun. That’s especially true at times like these when a special holiday looms.
So today, we’re helping you avoid a dental emergency on Halloween with some helpful tips, and reminding you to count on our Salt Lake City, UT team if your trick-or-treating fun turns frightful!
Dental Emergency Risks On Halloween
Dr. Gleave is dedicated to serving the dental needs of the wonderful Salt Lake City community. That sometimes involves being there when you need help fast, even if it’s at night. It’s why we offer assistance to those who try to reach us outside of normal business hours.
It’s nice to have that peace of mind, knowing you can count on Dr. Gleave and our team when seconds matter. But ideally, you wouldn’t have to deal with a dental emergency, right?
Let’s try to avoid them, shall we? Here are two common emergencies we see, especially this time of year, and how you can try to prevent them from spoiling your holiday fun!
Your Trick-Or-Treater Trips And Falls
It’s not unusual for trick-or-treaters to run ahead of mom and dad during their quest for candy in the dark of night. Despite lampposts, flashlights, and porch lights, tripping over curbs, sidewalks, and porch steps is a real hazard on Halloween night. This is especially true if a child’s costume impairs their movement in any way.
Tripping and falling always poses the risk for knocking out a tooth. This definitely falls under the category of a dental emergency! If it happens, you can call our Salt Lake City dental office for guidance. But you’d rather not have to go through this at all, right?
To avoid this, sit down as a family before you go trick-or-treating and lay down some ground rules for safe travels. Make sure they know to stay close to you so you can safely light their path with a flashlight as they hop from house to house.
Your Trick-Or-Treater Breaks A Tooth Eating Candy
Trick-or-treating can also lead to chipped, cracked, or broken teeth simply because of hard candy. We always recommend avoiding hard candy if you can. That’s because anything that contains a lot of sugar that lingers in your mouth for a long time only gives bacteria the chance to feed on it and cause decay and cavities.
But if you think chewing the hard candy is safer for your smile, think again! This can easily cause injury to a tooth! To avoid this problem, just avoid hard candy! Simple, right!
Don’t Be Spooked By A Halloween Dental Emergency!
We know that life will throw us curveballs from time to time. No matter how careful you are about avoiding dental emergencies, Halloween night is just one of those times that’s ripe for oral injuries.
But you can have the peace of mind just knowing that in the event of a trick-or-treating disaster, you can call Rod Gleave, DMD to get the dental care you need, and get out of pain fast!
We hope your family enjoys a safe, worry-free holiday and look forward to seeing you at your next dental visit. Should you need help before then, you know who to call!
Give us a call at (801) 747-8531 or fill out our online form for non-emergencies.