So it’s 2022 and you’ve got a big bag of Halloween candy. Have you thought about your teeth though?
When it comes to understanding how your dental health is impacted by candy, let’s discuss ways you can minimize the impact on your teeth with consistent dental hygiene practices.
Dental Tips for Halloween
Here are a few tips to help keep a healthy mouth while still indulging in Halloween candy:
Pick Your Favorites & Donate the Rest
Your teeth will thank you for limiting your candy stash. Donate the rest to organizations like Ronald McDonald House, Treats for Troops, or see if your dentist’s office has a Halloween candy buy-back program.
Time Your Candy Consumption
Your saliva production increases after a meal. By eating your candy right after mealtime, your mouth has a better chance of canceling out acid and flushing out food particles.
Avoid Hard and Sticky Candy
Hard candy tends to be in the mouth longer and sticky candy is hard to wash off your teeth. By avoiding both you’re able to reduce the chance of tooth decay.
It’s ok to eat candy, but make sure you understand how each type impacts your teeth and find ways to moderate it in order to prevent potential dental issues. Also, make sure to practice good oral hygiene by brushing two times a day and flossing regularly. Your six-month cleanings can help catch problems before they get serious as well. If you haven’t scheduled your routine cleaning, contact our office today to make an appointment.