A Healthy Halloween

October. 26. 2016

Halloween is around the corner, which for most kids means bags of sweet treats! Even though it’s a fun time to dress up in Halloween Costumes for the kids and family, we cannot ignore possible dental issues following sugar consumption. Here’s few tips on how you can help your family stay mouth healthy on Halloween and year-around.

1. Time It Right
Eat Halloween candy with meals or shortly after mealtime. Saliva production increases during meals. This helps cancel out acids produced by bacteria in your mouth and rinse away food particles.

2. Be Selective
Avoid hard candy and other sweets that stay in your mouth for a long time. The length of time sugary food is in your mouth plays a role in tooth decay. Also, sticky candies such as taffy and gummy bears, cling to your teeth and take longer to get washed away by saliva, increasing the risk for tooth decay.

3. Drink More Water
Drinking fluoridated water can help prevent tooth decay. If you choose bottled water, look for kinds that are fluoridated.

4. Don’t Forget to Clean Your Teeth
After enjoying sweet Halloween treats, brush and floss your teeth to get rid of food particles, that are decay-causing.