Halloween is just around the corner and children everywhere are excited for bags of free candy. While this holiday can be a lot of fun, it can be pretty scary for your teeth too. In order for you to have a dental scare-free Halloween this year, here are a few tips to follow:
TIP 1: Time It Right
You are going to eat that candy one way or another, but the timing can make a difference between a dental scare and dental care. Snacking on Halloween candy throughout the day is the worst way to enjoy your treats because it causes the sugar to remain on your teeth for hours at a time. However, if you enjoy your candy during or shortly after mealtimes, the excess saliva from eating will help cancel out the acid and sugar.
TIP 2: Choose Your Candy Carefully
Not all candies effect your teeth the same way. Hard candy, for example, can be quite harmful for your teeth because the sugar stays in your mouth for long periods of time. Unless this particular hard candy is sugar-free, it is recommended that you choose something any to snack on. Additionally, sticky candy can be especially bad as it sticks to the teeth and is much harder for saliva to be washed away.
TIP 3: Drink More Water
With the extra sugar intake, you will want to increase your water intake as well. All that sugar and acid on your teeth will increase your risk of tooth decay. However, drinking water can help to wash away all the bacteria, sugar, and acid left on your teeth. Plus, it is never a bad idea to keep hydrated.
TIP 4: Chew Sugarless Gum
Chewing on sugarless gum, especially after meals or snacking, significantly increases saliva flow and helps to wash out food and debris from your mouth and neutralize the sugar and acid.
TIP 5: Eat A Healthy Diet
While you should always be eating a healthy diet, it is especially important with an increase in your sugar intake. Firstly, eating will help to fill you up so that you will be more likely to snack on smaller portions. Secondly, eating right will help your body maintain optimal health so that it can better defend against the excess sugar.
Got a sugar tooth that could use some dental care? Don’t hesitate to make an appointment with Hidden Smiles! From caring for your sensitive teeth to giving you a straighter smile, we have the high quality dental care you deserve.