It can be notoriously hard to say no to Halloween candy when the season comes around. Whatever your candy of choice, make sure to enjoy it - but also make sure to enjoy your Halloween season with your oral health in mind! Here are just a few ways you and your kids can enjoy this season without putting your oral health at risk.
It’s important to know that the longer sugars sit in your mouth, the more damage they can cause through the acids they release -- destroying your enamel and ultimately leaving you defenseless to cavities! The sugars that are given the time and space to erode your enamel can come from sugary candies but also from sweet treats and beverages. Make sure to limit your intake of sugar and keep an eye on how much you indulge during the holiday season.
Adjust Your Eating Habits
By limiting meal and snack time to just a few times a day, or by snacking on sweets as a part of a meal rather than indulging in treats hours later, you can ensure that harmful sugars are minimal and short-lived. This can help leave your mouth more equipped to fight off harmful bacteria later on. As always, remember that water is essential for your body’s overall health and wellness, and that goes for the function of your mouth as well! Drinking fluoridated water is a great way to help prevent tooth decay and rinse away sugary particles that can remain in your mouth after eating.
Practice Good Care
Never forget that brushing your teeth at least twice a day and cleaning between your teeth with dental floss regularly are two of the most crucial care routines you can follow in order to regulate and improve your oral health. Replace your toothbrush as soon as the bristles become frayed or broken - usually about once every three months - and brush for at least three minutes every time. Use ADA-approved fluoride toothpaste to ensure you’re providing the best protection for your teeth, and visit Dr. Kandar regularly for check-ups.