For most children, Halloween means bags of free candies. However, if consumed carelessly, candies can compromise their oral health.
Here are 10 dental tips for Halloween that will help your family protect their dental health.
Eat Candies Only at Specific Times
Eat Halloween candies with meals or within a short time after meals. The increased saliva production during meals will not only help to cancel out various acids produced in your mouth but also wash away food particles.
Avoid Sweet Snacks
Sweet snacks increase the risk of cavities. Therefore, try to avoid them as much as possible throughout the day.
Choose the Candies You Eat Carefully
Avoid hard and sticky candies that stay longer in your mouth and take much more time to get rinsed away by saliva. This will help reduce the chances of tooth decay.
Drink More Fluoridated Water
Drink fluoridated water to prevent tooth decay.
Maintain a Healthy Diet
Maintain a nutritious diet to have healthy teeth and gums because whatever you eat influences your oral and general health.
Avoid Sugary Beverages
Regular intake of sugary beverages can increase the risk of tooth decay. Avoid sugary drinks like sports drinks, soda, and flavored waters.
Chew Sugarless Gum
Chewing sugarless gum increases the saliva flow in the mouth, which helps fight tooth decay. Therefore, experts recommend chewing sugarless gum for about 20 minutes after meals.
Brush Your Teeth Twice a Day
Make sure to brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes with a fluoride toothpaste. Always replace your toothbrush every three months.
Floss Your Teeth Once a Day
It is difficult for the toothbrush bristles to reach between teeth where decay-causing bacteria often reside. Flossing your teeth will help in removing food particles and plaque from hard to reach places in your mouth.
Have a Candy-Eating Plan
To stop yourself from binge eating candies, pick some of your favorites, and donate the rest. Also, regularly visit your dentist and follow their advice to prevent dental problems.
Best and Worst Halloween Candies
Here is some additional information on some of the best and worst Halloween candies for your dental health.
Chocolate candies are one of the best sweets for your dental health as they don’t linger on the teeth for long and can be easily rinsed off. Chewing sugar-free gum promotes saliva formation in your mouth, which helps to wash out debris and sugar from your teeth.
Don’t keep hard candies in your mouth longer than recommended. Sticky candies that cling to your teeth are the worst candies for your dental health. Also, sour candies should be avoided as they are acidic.
Follow these Halloween dental tips this year to keep your mouth free from dental problems.
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