HERE IT COMES! The season of ghosts, ghouls, witches, and, of course… candy! If you’re savvy about it, there’s no reason for your Halloween fun to come at the expense of your dental health.
Rule 1: Some Sweets All At Once Is Probably Better Than Sweets All Day Long
When it comes to your oral health, if you must have some sweets, a little “sweet-binge” is better than grazing on that Halloween loot all day long (or all month long!). Our mouths are always working to restore optimal pH balance and to utilize our saliva to cleanse our smiles. So enjoy your sweets once, and then brush and floss.
Rule 2: Keep Eating Good, Healthy Meals
Continue eating three nutritious, square meals a day. This has two purposes. First, being full of good food will make you less likely to indulge too much in unhealthy sweets. Second, eating a little sweets with a meal continues to stimulate saliva production, and helps your mouth clean itself and restore a good balance.
Rule 3: There’s Bad Candy… And There’s Worse Sweets
Some sweets are more harmful than others. The biggest bad sweets you need to watch out for are:
- Sour ones, which are loaded with acid.
- Chewy ones that stick on and between your teeth for a long time.
- Hard ones, like suckers, that rest on your teeth for a long periods of time—and can crack or chip teeth.
Chocolate Is Less Harmful
On the other hand, most chocolates, especially dark chocolates, may be better for your teeth than those listed above. Chocolate dissolves quickly and doesn’t linger as long on your teeth.
Contrary to popular belief, not all dentists hand out toothbrushes and floss at Halloween. Over half say that they give out candy. And of those who give out sweets, about 80% of them choose to hand out chocolate over other sweets.
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If You Have A Little Extra Time…
Of course, there are some fun non-sweet options for Halloween treats, too:
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Have A Great Time! We hope that you have a great Halloween. If you have any questions, please give us a call. Check out our Facebook page for more Halloween fun. Thanks for being a part of our practice family. We appreciate you!