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"Spooktacular Smiles" Pumpkin Coloring Contest

Color smiles on a pumpkin, show off your costume, and get social with us!

(Scroll below for contest details, plus DIY tips for a healthy Halloween!)

Sunshine Children's Dentistry is teaming up with the "Great Pumpkin" which means we have three spooktacular Dollar Tree gift cards to give away. Want one? YOUR FAMILY COULD BE 1 OF OUR 3 WINNERS! Participating is fun! Make your SMILE happy and healthy with these fun (and not so scary) activities!

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DETAILS: See "WAYS TO PARTICIPATE" below. Each of the steps below earn you points for our drawing of three $10 Dollar Tree gift cards. The greater your participation, the higher your chances for winning! Be 1 of the 3 families with most points accumulated between now and midnight on Halloween. During the week of November 1st, winners will be contacted and prizes will be mailed out.

* When finished, message us on Facebook, and tell us the details of your participation.

* Be sure to use the hashtag #SpooktacularSmiles.

Spooktacular Smiles Coloring Contest by Sunshine Children's Dentistry
Spooktacular Smiles Coloring Contest by Sunshine Children's Dentistry
Contest - Spooktacular Smiles Coloring Sheet by Sunshine Childrens Dentistry
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PHOTO TIME! - (Share to our Facebook with #SpooktacularSmiles)

(10 pt) Children can color smiles on pumpkins with our printable COLORING CONTEST.

(5 pt) CARVE A PUMPKIN - let's see a photo of your creativity!

(5 pt) Children can take a PHOTO wearing a HALLOWEEN COSTUME.

(5 pt) SUBSCRIBE to our monthly email newsletter, full of fun resources!

(5 pt) Write a + REVIEW for Sunshine Children's Dentistry on Google.

(3 pt) FOLLOW us on Instagram, if you aren't already.

(5 pt) Write a + REVIEW on our Facebook.

(1 pt) CHECK IN on Facebook & use #SpooktacularSmiles.

(1 pt) LIKE our Facebook Page, if you haven’t already.

(5 pt) INVITE all your local friends to like our Facebook Page.

(3 pt) SHARE our #SpooktacularSmiles event on your Facebook profile.

(1 pt) REFER us to another local family. (1 point per referral)

*** Important: MESSAGE us on Facebook to let us know details of your participation!



1. Limit candy intake to certain times to help reduce decay.

Loads of sweets can be a tempting snack for kids (and adults). But depriving kids of their hard earned trick-or-treat sweets will likely make them crave their candy more. Instead of eliminating all candy, limit candy to directly after mealtime. The boosted amounts of saliva created for eating their meal will help cancel out some of the dental plaque bacteria acid often associated with sugar.

2. Not all candy is equally scary.

When trying to decide which candies are more or less harmful, think about the amount of time it will take to eat. For example, chocolate dissolves quickly, whereas sticky and hard candies take a while to eat. Additionally, chewy and hard candies can get stuck in your teeth, potentially causing more harm.

3. Sugar-free gum can be a great option.

Gum with the ADA seal gets two thumbs up. Chewing yummy sugar-free gum after eating helps to boost saliva and wash out food. Sound like a win-win to us!

4. Omit drinking sugary beverages.

Opt for water to drink, rather than sweet soft-drinks which give your teeth a bath in sugar. Water not only is healthier for your body, it keeps you mouth cleaner, too.

5. Remember to BRUSH and FLOSS.

"Sugar bugs" aren't as scary of a threat if you quickly defeat them with fluoridated toothpaste, mouthwash, and flossing. Allow the Halloween festivities to be fun by taking a moment to clean your teeth. And most importantly, remember to SMILE!

Zombie Halloween Cavities after Teeth


Eating a balanced diet is important for optimal health, and for maintaining vitamins that help to strengthen your teeth. “Sugar Bugs” cause nasty cavities, so eliminate sugar whenever possible. Instead, opt for fresh fruits and veggies, milk and cheeses, lean meats, and whole grains. For healthy kid-friendly recipes and food ideas, click here.


To ensure all your children’s teeth are ready to SMILE all year long, be sure to visit Sunshine Children’s Dentistry. The American Dental Association recommends oral checkups twice annually for children (and adults, too). QUESTIONS? We are a resource to you and are happy to answer any questions you may have about your child’s changing smile. We believe that oral health should be FUN and something to SMILE about!

Sunshine Children's Dentistry staff

We at Sunshine Children's Dentistry are THANKFUL for our patients!

Your family is a blessing to everyone at our office. Thank you for the honor of serving you! If you ever need to reach us, our number is 910.762.7736.

For more helpful resources and fun activities, be sure to read our other Blog Articles.


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