October 26, 2016
Halloween festivities are in full swing! While it is easy to get caught up in the fall traditions, you need to remember that many of them can have damaging effects on your teeth. Whether you are eating candy corn, indulging in your stash of Halloween candy, or devouring a caramel apple, you need to be conscious of the effect these sugary treats can have on your dental health.
If you are a parent, it is not just your smile that you need to worry about. Kids can see an increase in cavities because of candy and treats consumed during Halloween. To prevent cavities and other damage to your teeth, here are some tips to follow this Halloween.
- Brush After Sweets: It is hard to swear off candy and Halloween treats altogether. So if you are going to grab that chocolate or candy corn, make sure to brush within 10 minutes of consuming it. If you brush soon after eating sugar, you will minimize the damage that will be done to your teeth. This advice goes for adults and kids who are eating candy or other sugary snacks.
- Opt for Apples Over Candy: Bobbing for apples is a fun and healthy alternative to chocolate and other snacks! Make the activity fun for the kids by adding in prizes, that might help them forget they are eating apples and not candy!
- Avoid Sticky and Hard Candy: Some of the worst food for your teeth are sticky or hard candies. When you eat them you risk cracking or chipping a tooth. They also leave more bacteria in your mouth because they are harder to remove.
- Chew Sugar-Free Gum Between Treats: Chewing sugar-free gum helps increase saliva production that kills bacteria in your mouth. Pick up a pack of gum and be sure to chew it in between treats, if you are unable to brush your teeth.
- Be Sure to Visit Your Dentist Regularly: Sugary candy and treats are less damaging to your oral health when you are keeping up dentist recommendations. These recommendations include visiting your dentist twice a year, brushing twice a day, and flossing once a day.
- Eat Sugar in Moderation: While no amount of sugar is good for your teeth, there is no way to avoid it completely. You can make the conscious choice to limit the amount of candy and sugary desserts that you are eating. If you are a parent, it is important to watch your children’s sugar intake as well and make sure aren’t eating too much.