Halloween is coming really soon which means there will be loads of trick or treat goodies for the industrious little goblins out that night. Like squirrels building a cache for the winter, so these little goblins will build for their candy-filled winters too. All is not lost though, and you can eat candy without risking the health of your teeth.
Below, you will find 10 good ways to protect your teeth from decay while still enjoying trick-or-treating and eating candy on Halloween and throughout the year.
How to Prevent Halloween Tooth Decay All Year Long
- Drink Fluoridated Water, and lots of it. Fluoride prevents cavities.
- See your dentist at least twice a year, and choose a dentist who is a member of the ADA (American Dental Association)
- Be sure to brush your teeth twice a day using a fluoride toothpaste. When your tooth brush shows wear, replace it with a new one. Worn bristles lose the ability to clean teeth.
- Chew sugarless gum which carries the ADA acceptance seal. Do this after meals and/or eating candy to cause your saliva to increase carrying with it any food/candy particles away from your teeth and neutralizing the acid bacteria in your mouth secretes.
- Avoid drinks which contain sugar. Those would be some of the flavored waters, most sports type drinks, and regular sodas. Tests have shown that drinking beverages which contain sugar increases the risk for cavities to form in your teeth.
- Eat sugary foods and candy with your regular meals or shortly thereafter. During regular meals, your saliva production increases and reduces the acid levels produced by the bacteria in your mouth as well as helping to rinse away food and candy particles.
- Eat a healthy diet in general. A healthy diet means a healthy body which includes your teeth and gums.
- Candy which is hard as well as other sweets which remain in your mouth for long periods of time should be avoided. In addition to the frequency with which you eat snacks and sugary foods, the longer those stay in contact with your teeth, the higher your risk is for tooth decay.
- Floss daily between your teeth. Food particles, thus bacteria, remain between the teeth and can’t be removed by brushing alone. This bacteria between the teeth can cause cavities unless removed by flossing.
- Candy which clings to the teeth when eaten should be avoided. Studies show that the risk for tooth decay and cavities increases the longer the teeth are in direct contact with sugary food.
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