It’s that ‘sweet’ time of year again with Halloween approaching and the other holidays that follow. Abundant amounts of sugar will be in candy and recipes. Even if you are past the age for trick or treating candy seems to be everywhere. There are those office treats, parties, or even helping your kids out with their haul from their door-to-door candy gathering activities. So, since there will most likely be extra sweets from now, until the end of the year, it is a good time to remember there are ways to guard against the damage all this sugar can do to your teeth. Here are a few suggestions how you can still enjoy this season while minimizing the impact on your smile.
1. Obviously, good dental health always important, but eliminating as much plaque & tartar as possible means there will be less bacteria that will react with the sweets you are consuming. So make sure you are brushing at least twice a day plus flossing regularly too to remove food particles in-between your teeth. Regular dental appointments will help your Dentist spot any problems early so they can take care of any issues before they become a major concern.
2. Different types of candy can impact your teeth in very different ways. The longer teeth are exposed to sugar & acid the more likely they are to suffer some type of decay. Therefore, hard candy that remains in your mouth over a longer period of time should be avoided as much as possible. Also, these hard candies involve a risk of chipping teeth when bitten into. There can additional be problems with chewy and sticky candies since they take a long time to consume and can stick to your teeth.
3. If possible, try to only consume sweets directly after meals since your mouth will produce more saliva during and after meal times. This will help wash away harmful acids bacteria and food particles. For those times when you enjoy sweets away from mealtimes, make sure and sip some water during, or after. Avoid sugary or fizzy drinks. Additionally, it will help to chew sugar-free gum for around 20 minutes after any meal, or consumption of sweets, to promote saliva production a help remove stuck food particles.
Of course, it is almost impossible to not indulge is some sugary foods during this time of year, but it is important to keep these tips in mind to help maintain your healthy mouth. And have a very HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!