By Dr. Rouble Rana
Halloween is sneaking on us which means it is the time of the year for children to collect bags of free candy and build a stockpile of sweets that will last all winter. We are all about indulging here at Puresmile, but we want to make sure you are also having a healthy Halloween.
Here are some tips from our Pediatric Dentist Dr Rana to keep your teeth healthy this Halloween:
Time Is Right
Save Halloween candy and other sugary treats for after mealtime. This lets saliva production (that has increased during mealtime) rinse away extra food particles and cancels out the acids produced by bacteria in your mouth
Choose Candy Carefully
Avoid hard sticky candy that stays in the mouth for a long time. Parents can help lower the chance of tooth decay by sorting out the candies that are most sticky or slow to dissolve (e.g. High-Chews, Laffy Taffy, Lollipops). Better ones will be chocolate or ones that melt or dissolve easily because they are more readily washed away from teeth by saliva.
Stay Away From Sweet Snacks
Snacking increases your risk of cavities and its double the trouble if you keep grabbing the sweets from the candy bowl.
Limit Your Stash
Your teeth will thank you if you have a plan to minimize the amount of candy available. One great idea is the family pick their favorited and get rid of the rest. Another quick idea is to put excess chocolate in the freezer, where it can keep for six months. This helps prevent having candy at plain sight where its tempting to snack on all day long.
Drink More Water
Drinking water often can wash away the sugar from the mouth. It does not replace good brushing but helps during the day and after snacking. Stay away from sugary beverages including soda, sports drinks, and flavored water
Chew Sugar-free Gum
Chewing sugar free gum for 20 min after meal or snack helps reduce the cavities, because increased salivary flow helps wash the teeth and neutralize the acid produced by bacteria. Perhaps hand out sugar free chewing gums as Halloween treats instead of candies.
Offer Healthy Snack
Munching on carrots, celery, apples, and other healthy produce can scrub away the plaque buildup and sugar from the mouth
Fight decay After All the Sweets
Brushing two times a day (before bedtime at night and after breakfast) with fluoridated toothpaste for two minutes and flossing between the teeth can help ensure good dental health. Around Halloween, it’s a good idea to add a third brushing session after candy or mid-day meal. Remind everyone to be extra diligent with home-care and take extra precautions during holiday season.
Visit dentist Twice a Year
Regular visits can help prevent the problems from occurring and catch problems early.