Maintaining your oral health is important, especially during holidays when you’ll be enjoying more than your normal share of sweet treats.
Whether you have a sweet tooth, or you’re worried that your kids will over-indulge in candy after trick-or-treating, the team at SouthEnd Dentistry wants you to know how to keep your teeth healthy. Here’s a few tips to keep in mind during Halloween and the holiday season:
1. Make Sure To Brush And Floss Regularly While Eating Candy
You should brush at least twice a day for 2 minutes, and floss once per day. Make sure you keep up with this routine during Halloween. In fact, you may want to brush even more if you’ll be indulging in more sugary foods. Consider brushing at least 3x a day, or after every sweet session of enjoying candy! Doing so will help reduce plaque buildup, and eliminate sugar from your teeth.
2. Eat Your Candy In “Sessions” – Avoid Intermittent Snacking
Eating a larger volume of candy in a short period of time is actually better for your teeth than spreading out your snacking over a few days or weeks.
If you eat a large amount of candy at once, you can simply brush afterward, eliminating most of the sugar on your teeth. But if you keep snacking throughout the day, this sugar build-up will go unchecked, and cavity-causing bacteria will remain in your mouth for a longer period of time. Though it may seem counter-intuitive, we recommend eating your candy in “sessions” to avoid periodic, constant snacking throughout the day. It’s better for your teeth!
3. Drink Some Water After Eating Sweets
Even if you don’t brush your teeth after each piece of candy, drinking some water can help sweep away much of the sticky sugar that would otherwise hold onto your teeth.
4. Choose The Right Candy
Chocolate is actually not too bad for your teeth, because it tends to melt quickly in your mouth. However, sticky candies like gummies, taffy, caramel, and other such sweets tend to get stuck in the gaps between your pearly whites, making them more likely to develop cavities.
5. Indulge In Moderation
Halloween is a great excuse to indulge in tasty sweets that you may avoid for the rest of the year. But still, there’s no reason for you (or your kids) to eat an entire shopping bag full of candy. Like all great things, candy is best enjoyed in moderation. Make it a treat that you and your kids can eat after meals, and make sure to supervise consumption of candy.
Keep Smiling This With These Simple Tips!
With this easy-to-follow guide, you and your kids will be able to enjoy Halloween candy, without risking your oral health. Don’t forget to schedule your next 6-month oral exam and teeth cleaning at SouthEnd Dentistry! If you’re worried about your teeth post-Halloween, Dr. Picot assess your smile and make sure that you’re free of cavities and other potential oral health issues.
Schedule your post-Halloween follow-up now! Give us a call at (704) 335-8266, or stop by our office near the South End, Dilworth, Myers Park, and Uptown.