October 3, 2018
Are you excited for Halloween? There’s a dental problem on this holiday that is sweeping the nation, and it isn’t cavities. According to CNBC, starting in 2015 there’s been an 80% jump in emergency dentist visits on Halloween compared to the average day in October. Why is this happening and what can you do as a parent to help? Keep reading to learn about this spike in emergency visits and what to do in case of a dental emergency from your dentist in Carrollton.
Spike in Emergency Dental Visits
Everyone knows that Halloween treats can be damaging, but cavities and tooth decay are long term problems compared to dental emergencies. On Halloween, kids especially have a high risk of chipping or cracking their teeth on hard candy.
Parents, to minimize this risk, you can go through your children’s candy to inspect for any extra hard pieces that may cause your child difficulty. Be sure to also encourage your kids to brush and floss after eating candy to keep their smiles healthy and clean.
Dental Emergencies: What to Do
There are a few emergencies to be on the lookout for this Halloween. See below some of the most common:
Some cracks in teeth are actually worse than others. If your child has a crack in a highly visible front tooth, seek an emergency dentist immediately. If your child is bleeding, hold gauze against the affected area with light pressure to stop it. You should also apply a cold compress to their face to ease pain and swelling. If you aren’t able to see your dentist right away, go to the emergency room to get the help your child needs.
Knocked Out Tooth
If your child’s tooth is knocked out due to a slip or fall, collect the tooth and pick it up by the crown so you don’t damage the roots. If you’re able to see your dentist within the next few hours, they will be able to replant it. Until then, try to hold the tooth in its socket or keep it in milk or water to keep it moist until it can be replanted.
If you have severe tooth decay and continue to eat sugary candy on Halloween, you may feel discomfort in the decayed tooth. Try to dislodge any food debris or sticky candy that may be caught in your teeth. If this doesn’t relieve your discomfort, contact your dentist to get the help you need. Prolonging an appointment could lead to further decay and even tooth loss.
Use the above information to keep you and your loved ones safe this Halloween. The holiday will be a lot less spooky now that you know exactly what to do if a dental disaster strikes!
Meet the Dentist
Dr. Marco Caballeros is committed to providing his patients the best care possible. He believes in patient education, which is why he likes giving information about how to stay safe this Halloween. He currently practices at On Point Dentistry, and he can be contacted through his website or by phone at (972) 418-8461 for any questions you may have.
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