Trick-or-treating can be fun, but let’s face it – it’s tough on our teeth! Kids and adults alike can end up eating more candy than they normally would in a single night, and that can really take a toll on oral health. Here are some tricks to avoid wreaking havoc on your dental health this Halloween:
The excitement of going out to collect candy can lead to snacking before going out, which can increase the risk of tooth decay due to improper brushing afterward.
Limit the amount of time spent chewing the treats collected. The longer your treat is in your mouth, the longer it has the chance to damage your teeth. Try to move the treat from one side of your mouth to the other instead of keeping it in the same spot for too long.
Drink plenty of water. This can help rinse away excess sugar and neutralize bacteria in the mouth.
Brush after eating and drinking sugary or sticky foods. This will help remove food particles that are stuck between teeth and in hard-to-reach places.
Treat your teeth right with a healthy diet and good oral hygiene habits year-round. If your teeth are healthy, they can withstand some wear and tear during Halloween celebrations. Plus, getting regular dental care checkups every six months is a great way to maintain and protect your oral health.
Along with eating candy and drinking sugary beverages, many people also consume alcoholic beverages during Halloween. This can lead to an increased risk of cavities or gum disease. The sugar from the candy and drinks will feed the bacteria on your teeth, while the alcohol in the drinks can dry out your mouth. Both together create a terrible combination for your oral health. If you do plan on enjoying some adult beverages this Halloween, make sure you brush your teeth afterward! Otherwise, you may end up with some pretty unpleasant consequences. And as always, make sure to brush twice a day for two minutes each time. That’s the best way you can protect your smile from cavities and other common oral health issues.
To learn more tips to improve our oral health, visit the ZM Dental office at 14502 N Dale Mabry Hwy #102, Tampa, FL 33618. You can also reach us at (813) 513-5045 and schedule an online appointment.