As the ghosts, ghouls, and goblins get ready to roam the streets, it’s time for some tricks, treats, and toothy grins. Halloween is a favorite holiday for kids and adults alike, but it can be a spooky time for your dental health. At Breckenridge Dental Care, we want to ensure your teeth stay healthy during this sugar-filled season. Here are our top Halloween dental tips to keep your smile shining bright.
1. Choose Your Candy Wisely
Not all candies are created equal when it comes to your dental health. Hard candies that stay in your mouth for a long time can increase the risk of tooth decay. Sour candies are often more acidic and can break down tooth enamel. Sticky candies can cling to your teeth and cause cavities. Try to opt for chocolates or sugar-free candies that dissolve quickly and are less likely to stick to your teeth.
2. Timing is Everything
Did you know that when you eat sweets matters as much as what you eat? Consuming candy and other sugary snacks with meals or shortly after meal times can be less harmful than eating them at other times of the day. Saliva production increases during meals which can help cancel out acids produced by bacteria in your mouth and rinse away food particles.
3. Don’t Forget to Brush and Floss
Brushing and flossing after indulging in Halloween treats is essential. Brush your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste and clean between your teeth once a day with floss. If you can, brush your teeth after enjoying your Halloween treats. If brushing isn’t possible, rinsing your mouth with water can help remove some of the sugars from your teeth.
4. Drink Plenty of Water
Drinking fluoridated water can help prevent tooth decay. If you choose bottled water, look for kinds that are fluoridated. Water, especially fluoridated water, helps wash away sugar and food particles and keeps your mouth hydrated.
5. Visit Your Dentist
Regular dental visits can help prevent problems from occurring and catch those that do occur early when they are easy to treat. At Breckenridge Dental Care, we recommend regular check-ups every six months. If it’s time for your next visit, schedule an appointment today.
Halloween is a fun time filled with fun costumes and tasty treats. With these tips, you can enjoy the holiday while keeping your teeth healthy. Remember, moderation is key – enjoy your treats, but don’t forget about your teeth! Happy Halloween from all of us at Breckenridge Dental Care!