The Tooth Fairy has been putting money under the pillows of children in exchange for a lost tooth for many years. She has seen many baby teeth and has great info about their care during the years. She has also picked up many facts about adult teeth. She has agreed to take time to answer some of the common questions our patients ask.

Dear Tooth Fairy.
Halloween is fast approaching, and I am concerned about the amount of candy. I don’t want my child to get cavities.

Boo Candy,
Roswell, GA

Dear Boo.

let your child enjoy the festivities of the season. But, choose treats that cause the least damage to teeth. Instead of caramels and hard candies, choose chocolates that are swallowed quickly and don’t stick to teeth. Avoid any sweets that are acidic or chewy. Don’t forget that even “healthy” snacks like pretzels and crackers can promote decay.


Allow your child to make daily withdrawals from the bank and monitor the progress. This way, you can control how much candy your child consumes, followed by a glass of water and 30 minutes later, a thorough tooth brushing.


Fluoride can dramatically reduce the damage caused by tooth decay. Use fluoridated toothpaste and other products and drink water treated with fluoride. Children should brush their teeth twice a day for 2 minutes.

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