October 25, 2018
Pumpkins, costumes and bags of candy – these are the thoughts that come to mind in regard to Halloween. When it comes to your oral health, though, the sugar present in the multitude of candy selections can lead to some serious problems. Thankfully, your local dentist has 5 simple tips to help you avoid any unwanted oral health issues. Find out what they are as you read on!
Sugar – The Main Problem
The biggest challenge of Halloween night as it relates to your dental health is the presence of sugar in everything you consume. Sugar is the main food of choice for bacteria, and when it’s present, the harmful organisms flock to it and cling to your teeth and along the gumline. Then they release acids that can eventually bore tiny holes called cavities into your enamel (the hard, outer part of your teeth).
But with the help of your dentist, you’ll have a plan of action to better manage the night.
Tip #1 – Choose the Right Time to Snack
One way to reduce the harmful effects of sugar consumption is to eat your candy along with a normal meal. When you eat, there is more saliva production, which helps to bathe your teeth and flush away the leftover particles.
Tip #2 – Choose the Right Candy
Your dentist says all candies aren’t the same. So to encourage better oral health, choose the types that are made from dark chocolate for the following two reasons:
- Chocolate is less likely to stick to your teeth.
- Dark chocolate candies will typically contain less sugar.
Tip #3 – Water, Water, Water!
Not only is water vital for your survival, but it also helps to flush any remaining particles from the sweets you consume. If you desire even more protection, you can choose a brand of water that is fluoridated.
Tip #4 – Brush Your Teeth
If possible, brush your teeth immediately after eating any sweets. This will help to eliminate any threats to your oral health before they imbed in your enamel. It’s also very important to brush before retiring for bed to lessen the bacteria accumulation while you sleep.
Tip #5 – Visit Your Dentist
A final tip for protecting your teeth during Halloween is to schedule a preventive care visit with your dentist to receive a cleaning and examination. This proactive approach to your oral health will ensure that your Halloween candy enjoyment won’t have lasting effects on your mouth, teeth and gums.
To prevent the growth of monstrous bacteria and ghoulish plaque, contact your local professional today!
About the Author
Dr. Jaclyn Jensen is a graduate of the University of Minnesota and for the past decade, she has taken pride in creating a family atmosphere at her dental office. Patients also benefit from the state-of-the-art equipment used to deliver the most accurate and precise care possible. Dr. Jensen practices at Renu Dental, and she can be reached for more information through her website.
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