Ways To Keep Teeth Healthy This Halloween
After the heat we experienced this summer, we know that many of you are looking forward to cooler weather this fall. With Halloween right around the corner, cooler weather will be helpful when trick-or-treating and enjoying any costume parties. While dressing up is always popular around Halloween, another popular aspect of this holiday is candy. We want to share some helpful tips that will ensure your mouth remains healthy after this sugar-filled holiday.
Reasons to Eat Sugar in Moderation
You have likely been hearing about the negative effects sugar can have on your oral health since you were a child. This time of year can be challenging, especially if you have a sweet tooth. Each time you eat sugar, especially if it’s in the form of sticky candy, it lingers behind on and between your teeth. Over time, the lingering sugar turns to acid and begins to eat away at your tooth enamel, leading to decay and cavities. It is also possible to experience a common dental condition known as gum disease.
Ways to Keep Teeth Healthy
One of the best ways to ensure your teeth remain healthy is to have a thorough oral hygiene routine that you follow each day. This includes brushing for a minimum of two minutes twice a day and flossing daily as well. Using mouthwash can also be helpful. If you overindulge in sweets, it is best to brush your teeth as soon as possible. Other helpful ways to keep your teeth from experiencing issues include:
- Choosing chocolate or sweets that melt easily over sticky or chewy treats
- Avoiding treats that will linger on your teeth, such as fruit snacks, caramel, and taffy
- Drinking plenty of water to wash away lingering bacteria
- Donate any leftover candy to the troops or a non-profit organization
If you are in New Braunfels, TX or the surrounding area and have questions about how to properly clean your teeth, or you need to schedule an appointment, be sure to contact our office. We are happy to help you keep your teeth from experiencing any frights this Halloween.