Five Dental Tips for Halloween
Halloween is coming up and that means there’s candy everywhere. In the grocery store. In the office. In your house. And while it’s easy to say that Halloween is a holiday for children, you may also have a sweet tooth that likes to indulge in some of the candy-eating festivities. It’s okay. Enjoy your candy but be sure to follow these tips to keep your teeth and gums healthy once you’re done eating your favorite sweet treat.
- Continue with Good Oral Hygiene Habits
This is probably the most important thing you can do if you find yourself eating a few extra candy bars or Halloween treats. Continue to brush your teeth twice each day for a minimum of two minutes. Additionally, make sure you are flossing so that plaque does not have a chance to build in the tight spaces between your teeth and below the gum line.
- Eat Your Candy with a Meal
Did you know that if you eat your candy with a meal, or even shortly after a meal, that you could be helping your teeth? When you eat a meal, you increase the production of saliva in your mouth and this can help fight bacteria and rinse away those sugary treats.
- Drink Water
Drinking water can also help rinse away the remnants of your favorite candy. Additionally, when you avoid sugary beverages or highly acidic beverages, you are going the extra step to help protect your tooth enamel. Grab your water bottle when you reach for that candy bar.
- Maintain a Healthy Diet
While a piece or two of candy is not the worst thing for you, you want to make sure you continue to eat a healthy and well-balanced diet. Try to include healthy foods that will fill you up so you’re not consuming too much candy and remember there are foods that can help prevent gum disease which are easy to incorporate into your diet.
- Give Away Candy
Within a few days of Halloween, all of that candy may lose its appeal. At that time maybe, you should consider giving it away. Many dentists have “candy buy-back” programs where they donate your candy to people currently serving in the military. If your dentist does not participate, you can do this on your own by looking for a drop-off location at Treats for Troops.
Don’t deny your sweet tooth this Halloween. Follow these five tips so that you can enjoy a few treats and keep your teeth and gums healthy.