Ready For Halloween? Taking Care of Your Teeth Shouldn’t Be a Scary thing
Did all those Halloween treats leave you with less than a sparkling smile? While indulging in the occasional candy treat can be fun, too much candy can damage your teeth. Candy is high in sugar, which can coat the surface of your teeth and increase the risk for tooth decay. Sticky candies can be especially difficult to fully remove without brushing and flossing. If you haven’t been to the dentist yet this year for your annual checkup, now is the perfect time to schedule an appointment before the busy holiday season kicks into high gear.
Dental Care for Your Sweet Tooth
No matter your age, candy can increase the risk for cavities. Here are a few simple tips to keep your teeth healthy:
#1: If you can’t brush, rinse. While brushing teeth is always the best way to remove food particles and sugar build-up, sometimes we’re not in a position to grab a toothbrush and brush up. If you can’t brush, rinse: rinsing your mouth with water is the next best way to remove sugar residue from your teeth.
#2: Not all candies are created equal. When it comes to dental health, watch out for sour candies, which contain acids that can eat away at your teeth’s enamel. Chewy candies can stick to your teeth for a long time. Finally, since hard candies can linger for a long time, they stay in contact with your teeth for extended periods, increasing exposure to sugars. Hard candies can also chip or even break a tooth.
#3: Eat your candy with meals. Food increases saliva production, which reduces the amount of sugar left on your teeth. Eating candy as dessert may also help keep your sweet tooth in check since you’ll already be full from a nutritious meal.
#4: Schedule a checkup with your dentist. Adults should visit the dentist at least once every year for a routine cleaning. During a dental check up, our dental team will scrape away plaque and tartar build up, check for cavities, and polish your teeth for a plaque-resistant surface.
Do you have a candy sweet tooth?