Join Now:

M-F 8am – 10pm | Sat 9am – 6pm | Sun 10am – 5pm EST

Hot Summer Savings! 20% Off + 1 Month Free. Sale Ends 8/1. Use Code SUMMER2060

Great Read? Great :DentalPlans!
Find Your Perfect Plan Today!

you are > Dental Health Articles > November is a good time to review dental health

November is a good time to review dental health
Updated: 11/4/2013 5:30:03 PM

November is a good time to review dental health

Many think of Halloween as a dentist's worst nightmare, but Linda Vidone?, D.M.D., of Massachusetts sees it as an opportunity for parents to reinforce good dental habits, not just for their kids, but also for themselves.

In a recent interview with The Boston Globe, Vidone - a dentist from Brookline, Mass., and dental director for Delta Dental of Massachusetts - offered her personal take on the dietary spike that comes with a night of trick-or-treating. When asked if she looks disapprovingly on Halloween, Vidone responded that this time of year was actually an opportunity in disguise. 

"I think it's a great time and it's a good opportunity to start talking about teeth and what's good for teeth and promote oral health," said Vidone. "I love how we get so much attention at Halloween."

The way she sees it, Halloween actually serves as a reminder about the importance of good dental health. According to Vidone, now is a great time for people to schedule their annual teeth cleaning appointments, and is an especially good time to reevaluate children's dental development. 

Parents should also review their general approach to their family's dental care. Below is advice from Vidone as well as the American Dental Association for parents looking to instill good dental habits in their children. 

Schedule post-Halloween teeth cleaning
It's a good idea to schedule annual teeth cleanings a few weeks after Halloween candy consumption has begun, factoring in, of course, how much candy your child has brought home. A visit to the dentist will serve as a helpful reminder about the importance of good tooth care. Dental plans are one alternative for parents looking to maintain their child's dental health, but who lack dental insurance.

Emphasize good habits
Parents may use this time to emphasize the importance of brushing teeth twice a day, and flossing at least once a day, as certain candies are more likely to get stuck between teeth. Parents may also wish to sort out candies that are especially damaging. According to Vidone, the worst offenders are long-lasting hard and chewy candies. Chocolate and powdery candy, however, dissolve quicker and are less harsh for teeth. 

Set a good example
Vidone claimed that 80 percent of parents eat their children's candy, citing Delta Dental Children's Oral Health survey. It's important for parents to be role models - eating in moderation, brushing as a family and setting up appointments in conjunction with their children's teeth cleaning can all help to drive home a positive message to children. 

© 2013 Brafton Inc.

The materials and articles published on are for informational purposes only. Although strives to be accurate and complete, the information is provided without liability for errors. does not warrant the accuracy or completeness of the information, text graphics, links, or other items contained on expressly disclaims liability for errors or omissions in these materials and makes no commitment to update the information on expressly disclaims all liability for the use or interpretation by others of information on Decisions based on information contained on are the sole responsibility of the visitors, and visitors agree to hold and its Affiliates harmless against any claims for damages arising from decisions visitors make on such information.

Nothing on constitutes medical advice or other forms of advice. assumes no responsibility for material created or published by third parties linked to with or without’s knowledge.


Dental Care & Health Articles
AC Dental Care Articles (39)Affiliate Marketing (2)Affordable Care Act Articles (1)Audience (1)Bonding (2)Commentary (1)Cosmetic Dentristry (15)Dental (7)Dental Care News Feed (21)Dental Costs (5)Dental Health (21)Dental Insurance (1)Dental Plans (39)Dental Work (7)Dentist (19)Dentures (2)Individuals (484)Money (1)Oral Surgeon (1)Orthodontist (1)Pediatric Dentist (1)Procedures and Services (7)Surgery (1)Teeth Whitening/Bleaching (7)Unemployed (8)Veneers (1)


is Searching for
in ZIP Code

Join. Save. Smile.®


About Us

About Us
Press Center

Find A Plan

Plan Finder
Dentist Finder
Plans for Business
Plans By State
Email Me Info

Let Us Help

Contact Us
ObamaCare Dental
Dental Information Center
Account Access
Site Map

:DP Programs

For Dental Professionals

Savings & Updates

Sign up if you would like to receive
occasional treats

Let's Get Connected

Like Us on Facebook Add Us to Your Circle on Google+ Read Our Blog Follow Us on Twitter
Follow Us on Pinterest View Our YouTube Channel    
Savings plans are NOT insurance and the savings will vary by provider, plan and zip code. These plans are not considered to be qualified health plans under the Affordable Care Act. Please consult with the respective plan detail page for additional plan terms. The discounts are available through participating healthcare providers only. To check that your provider participates, visit our website or call us. Since there is no paperwork or reimbursement, you must pay for the service at the time it’s provided. You will receive the discount off the provider’s usual and customary fees when you pay. We encourage you to check with your participating provider prior to beginning treatment. Special promotions including, but not limited to, additional months free are not available to California residents or on Fully Insured Plans. Note – not all plans and offers available in all markets.

© 1999-2016, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Patents Pending.
Terms of Use | Privacy Policy | Refund Policy

Click for the BBB Business Review of this Dental Service Plans in Plantation FL