October brings many things to life: fall weather, pumpkins and Halloween! While your family might be ready for all the candy, are your teeth?
Our team at Cottonwood Dental wants to help you keep your healthy smile while also enjoying a fun Halloween this October! Read on for some tips.
Enjoy Halloween Candy Without the Guilt
Contrary to popular belief, you can enjoy Halloween and still keep your teeth healthy.
First, you want to make sure you are choosing the candy you eat carefully. As with anything, not all candy is created equal. For example, certain candies are quick to eat while others might stay in your mouth longer. You want to avoid hard candies that stay in your mouth for a long time.
The longer a candy stays in your mouth, the more chance it has to cause tooth decay, which in turn can cause a number of mouth issues like cavities. In addition, sticky candies like taffy can also promote tooth decay. Therefore, you might want to stay away from these types of candies this Halloween.
Second, consider when you eat your Halloween candy. While this might not seem like it is important, consuming Halloween candy during meals instead of on its own can actually be healthier for your mouth.
When you are eating a meal, your saliva production increases. This saliva can help keep away food particles like sugar. Therefore, eating candy with your meals is best when striving to keep a healthy mouth.
Finally, brush your teeth at least twice a day, especially on the days you consume candy. Although brushing twice a day is good on any day, doing so on days candy is consumed can help to protect your teeth from tooth decay.
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