Halloween is just around the corner, which for most children means bags of free candy and an opportunity to build a stockpile of sweets for the winter. No surprise, Halloween can also present parents with a range of oral health and safety challenges. But a few good choices can help avoid tooth decay.
Most of us associate October with candy and costumes, and Halloween is surely an occasion to be celebrated in full. That means the circumstances are perfect to freshen up on some oral health tips. This time of year in general provides an excellent chance to share critical information regarding tooth care. Remember, taking care of your oral hygiene ensures not only a healthy smile, but healthy teeth as well.
Obviously the types of food you eat play a massive role in how health your mouth is, and even though we all love candy on Halloween; it doesn’t hurt to try to make smart choices when it comes to treat selection.
With that in mind, have a look at 3 of the most important tips to keep in mind during your Halloween festivities:
- Take it easy on the sugar. The reality is that candy is bad for you. That’s going to be true whether you have braces or not. It’s full of sugar, which is a carbohydrate and the fuel that the bacteria on your teeth use to produce acids that cause tooth decay to occur. For a set of teeth with braces, candy poses some problems, and if you throw in the brackets and bands that are necessary during orthodontic treatment, your teeth will most certainly face the grim prospect of tooth decay.
- Avoid sticky, hard or gooey candy. Although candy is available in a number of different forms it’s really all the same stuff. And eating candy – whether it’s hard, mint-like candies, sticky toffee or gooey chocolate bars – is very tough on your teeth. When you bite into a solid or sticky piece of candy, the force it takes to break down and chew the piece of candy stresses your tooth. When you do have braces on your teeth, biting into a hard piece of candy will put extra force onto the bracket, along with the tooth. That’s a bad combination.
- Consider alternatives to candy. Having a piece of candy is not worth the potential suffering that comes with these admittedly tasty treats, but there are some alternatives to traditional candy that can help to satisfy your cravings, while not taking such a toll on your teeth. Sweets are a part of life, so it’s generally okay to enjoy them once in a while. So if you find yourself having a really strong craving, put down the candy bar, and consider doing some baking or preparing something sweet from scratch. Don’t forget to always make sure that you need to brush and floss immediately prior to consuming sugar!
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