Halloween is fast approaching and it’s one of the most sugary times of year. Sweet treats are everywhere- office treats, parties, or even raiding the kids hard earned haul- it’s very hard to completely avoid. With all that extra sugar, it’s even more important to guard against the evils of tooth decay- so here are a few hints at how to enjoy indulging in this increasingly popular holiday, without the scary consequences of toothache.
*Healthy routine = happy teeth all year round
Good dental hygiene is important no matter what day of the year, the less bacterial plaque there is in your mouth the smaller the risk of cavities. Ensure you are brushing twice daily with a fluoride toothpaste and using interdental brushes between teeth. Attend regular dental checks and hygiene appointments so we can spot any problems early on and advise you more specifically to your individual dental needs – everyone is different! (Why not check our last minute availability now.)
*Be careful what type of sugary treats you consume
Sweet treats can effect your teeth in very different ways. The longer teeth are exposed to sugar and bacteria the more prone they are to decay. Hard sweets that can be sucked over a longer period of time or crunched (putting you at risk of chipping teeth too) should be avoided as much as possible. Chewy and sticky treats can also take longer to consume and can stick to teeth causing more damage.
*If you can’t resist indulging…
Try to sip water while having your sugary snacks and avoid sugary and fizzy drinks. Chewing sugar free gum for 20 minutes after any meal is also a great way to promote saliva production which washes away the bacteria.
It isn’t practical or necessary to ban sugary foods at any time of year, but it is important to have a good idea of sensible consumption for a healthy mouth & body. HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!