6 Tips to Avoid Dental Problems This Halloween

Bucket of Halloween candy

Halloween will be here before you know it. As you are putting the finishing touches on your kids’ costumes, putting up decorations, and getting ready for heaps of candy, it is a good idea to be mindful of oral health this spooky season. As fun as this holiday is, it doesn’t have the best effect on teeth. However, you don’t need to cut out any activities this year due to concerns over your family’s smiles. Here are some Halloween tips to prevent dental emergencies.

Choose Your Candy Carefully

Having sweet treats from time to time is delicious, but some are worse than others when it comes to teeth. That’s why you need to be careful about the types of candy that you and your kids are enjoying. It’s best to avoid stickier sweets because they adhere to the teeth. Sticking to chocolate is a better idea because it easily washes away afterward.

Make a Plan

Having a candy bar or two isn’t so bad but binging on buckets of sugary treats sitting around isn’t the best idea. Have everyone in your family choose a few of their favorites. You can determine what to do with the rest of it. You could either donate it or save it for a later date.

Time Candy Consumption

The best time for your family to enjoy sweets is during or shortly after a meal. This is because saliva production is increased at this time. This will help to wash away food particles that cause oral health issues over time.

Stay Hydrated

Water is crucial for nearly every system in your body to function properly. Your smile is no exception to this. Staying hydrated prevents dry mouth which provides the perfect breeding ground for bacteria. Fluoride in tap water is a leading way to prevent tooth decay. If you are choosing bottled water, look for one that contains fluoride.

Maintain Excellent Oral Hygiene

This is always crucial, but especially when you’re ingesting more sugar. Your family should brush twice and floss once each day. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoridated toothpaste. If it’s been over six months, schedule your next cleaning and checkup.

Chew Sugar-Free Gum

A great alternative to a sugary piece of candy is some sugarless gum. It tastes sweet and delicious, and it helps to increase saliva production in the mouth. Try having a piece about 20 minutes after meals to reduce tooth decay.

This Halloween, protect your family’s smiles. By using the tips listed above, you can come out of the spooky season cavity-free!

About the Author

Dr. Lance Timmerman is an experienced dentist currently serving the Tukwila community. He earned his Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from Oral Health and Sciences University and is committed to continuing education to keep his knowledge and skills sharp. He is a Master in the Academy of General Dentistry and a Fellow of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists and the International Academy of Facial Aesthetics. For more information or to schedule an appointment, visit his website or call (206) 241-5533.

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