Halloween is a popular festival celebrated by people in the United States and other parts of the world. Often, people indulge in eating sweet treats and candies on this day, which can harm their teeth. Here are some tips to keep your teeth healthy and beautiful this Halloween.
You should brush your teeth at least twice every day, preferably in the morning and before bed. This will help remove food particles and other debris that can wear down your tooth enamel and cause cavities. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and an ADA-approved fluoride toothpaste to clean your teeth. As you brush, also remember to clean the chewing surfaces of your teeth as well, as these areas tend to develop more plaque and food residue than the rest of the tooth surface.
Flossing is also crucial for healthy teeth. Flossing gets in between the teeth to clear away food and plaque that brushing may have missed. It also helps to polish the surface of the tooth to prevent decay and discoloration. If you have questions about how to properly floss, ask your dentist for a demonstration at your next visit.
Additionally, you should visit your dentist at least twice a year for a cleaning and exam to help you maintain good oral health and avoid the need for restorative treatments like fillings or crowns.
Candy and sugary snacks are a big part of Halloween, but it’s important to remember that these treats shouldn’t be eaten in excess. Balance your candy with other healthy snacks like cheese sticks or carrot sticks with hummus.
Eating a healthy diet is good for both your oral health and your overall health. Foods that are high in sugar can fuel the formation of plaque bacteria that cause tooth decay. Foods that are rich in calcium and phosphorus can help keep your teeth strong and healthy. Swap out candies for healthier options like dark chocolate, which can lower your blood pressure and improve your heart health.
Sticky, chewy treats like caramels or gummy bears can stick to your teeth for a long time. Not only will this increase your risk for tooth decay, it could also damage existing restorations you have placed. Even sugar-free candies can cause cavities. If your children have braces or other oral appliances, it’s best to avoid chewy sweets altogether. Instead, opt for soft, sweet options like non-fat yogurt or fruit leather.
These simple tips will help keep you and your family with healthier mouths this Halloween season.
To learn more about good oral care habits, schedule a consultation with Dr. Singh by calling Soos Creek Dental at (253) 631-8241 or visiting our office located at 17615 SE 272nd St, Covington, WA 98042.