With so much candy coming to your home this Halloween, will cavities be far behind? We sure hope not!
That’s why we want to share some ways you can enjoy your sweets without losing your healthy smiles. Below you will find some Halloween hints from the team at Highland Advanced Dental Care.
1. Choose Wisely
When you have a full bowl of candy to pick from, look for the sweets that are least likely to lead to problems. Chocolate is easier to rinse from your teeth, and dark chocolate has less sugar than milk chocolate. On the flip side, sticky and gummy candies are more likely to stick to your teeth. Biting down on hard candy can damage the enamel of your teeth, and sour candies can be acidic, which can harm your enamel in a different way.
2. Stay Hydrated
Anytime you are going to enjoy a few sweets, have a glass of water nearby. Drinking water can assist in rinsing away sugary particles that cavity-causing bacteria use for fuel.
3. Know Your Limits
We don’t have to tell you that eating too much candy increases your risk of problems (and a stomach ache). By talking about those limits with your loved ones, you can hold each other accountable, so you don’t overdo it.
4. Brush & Floss
You should be doing this every day already, but consider this a gentle reminder. Brushing can remove bacteria, plaque, and food particles from your teeth. Flossing is how you clean the spaces between your teeth and your gums that your toothbrush can’t reach.
5. Keep Up With Cleanings
A professional dental cleaning a few times each year can do a long way toward keeping tooth decay at bay.