Halloween is a season full of sweets. While these treats are yummy, they can be harmful to your teeth. Whether you have a sweet tooth or you’re worried about your children overindulging in their candy, Beall Dental Center wants to keep smiles healthy. Here are a few tips to help you during Halloween and the holiday season.
Pick a Treat Time
Snacking throughout the day increases your chances of getting a cavity. To avoid constant snacking, it is ideal to select a time to dig into the treats! Eating Halloween candy with a meal or shortly after is the best time to do so. This is because saliva production is higher at this time, which helps reduce harmful acids and cleans out lingering food particles.
Choose Candy Carefully
While all sweets can negatively affect your pearly whites, certain treats are worse compared to others. The length of time sugary food is in your mouth plays a role in tooth decay, so hard and sticky candies are more likely to cause damage to your teeth. If you want to treat your sweet tooth and keep them safe, opt for chocolate candy!
No matter what season, drinking plenty of water should always be a top priority. Taking a sip of water after eating a piece of candy can help sweep away some of the sticky sugar that could stick to your teeth.
Brush, Floss and Rinse
It is essential to stay on top of cleaning your teeth, especially during this sweet-filled season. Keeping a consistent routine of brushing and flossing is always important for a healthy smile. Brushing twice daily, combined with flossing once every day is the best way to care for your teeth.