Is your family looking forward to Halloween? While the fall months give us plenty of reasons to smile, they can also be tough on our pearly whites. With such an abundance of sugary sweets, what can you do to keep your loved one’s smiles healthy while they enjoy the festivities? Thankfully, there are steps you can take to protect your teeth and gums while still indulging in your favorite fall treats. Read on as your Lawrenceburg dentist shares five Halloween oral health tips that will help keep your family’s smiles safe all season long!
1.) Choose Candy Carefully
While no candy is good for your teeth, some are certainly more harmful than others. Do your best to limit or avoid hard, chewy, and sour candies, which are harder to clean away and more destructive to enamel. Instead, opt for softer candies, sugarless gum, and dark chocolate.
2.) Drink Plenty of Water
Hydration is essential all year long, but it’s especially important while your family snacks on seasonal sweets. Drinking water washes away lingering sugars and plaque, which goes a long way in preventing tooth decay. Staying hydrated will also encourage natural saliva production, which is the body’s natural method of preventing cavities.
3.) Treat Yourself to Some Chocolate
Chocolate is one of the safer Halloween candies for your loved ones’ teeth. Aside from not being very hard or sticky, it melts relatively quickly and is easy to clean away. What’s more, dark chocolate contains less sugar than milk or white chocolate and provides beneficial antioxidants.
4.) Keep Using Fluoridated Dental Products
As Halloween gets closer, make sure your family is using fluoridated dental products. When fluoride seeps into the enamel, it helps make teeth stronger and even more resistant to decay. Ensure your loved ones are cleaning with ADA-Approved fluoridated toothpastes and mouthwashes.
5.) Don’t Forget About Your Dental Checkup
Halloween marks the start of the typically busy fall and winter months, so don’t forget to take a moment to schedule dental checkups for your family. Experts recommend getting dental checkups twice a year, so now is the perfect time for your dentist to check on the health of your smile before the busy holiday season.
Don’t let a painful toothache haunt your Halloween this year. Keep these simple tips in mind to keep your family’s smiles happy, healthy, and cavity-free all year long!
About the Author
Dr. Brian C. Oyler has been caring for smiles of all ages in Lawrenceburg, IN and the surrounding communities for over 25 years. With a friendly dental team and state-of-the-art dental technology, he goes above and beyond to make every dental appointment a pleasant one. He uses excellent preventive care and a comprehensive menu of dental services to help his patients achieve optimal oral health that lasts all year long! For more Halloween tips, feel free to reach him via his website or at (812) 537-4272.