Tuesday, October 30, 2018
Great Dental Tips for a Healthy Halloween
Halloween is here! For most children it means bags of free candy and a chance to build a stash of sweets for the winter. However, Halloween can also present parents with a variety of health and safety challenges. Eat that candy on Halloween but it’s important to have a plan.
How can help your family stay healthy on Halloween?
Choose Candy Carefully
Avoid hard candy, sour candy and other sweets that stay in your mouth for a long time. Aside from how often you snack, the length of time sugary food is in your mouth plays a role in tooth decay. Unless it is a sugar-free product, candies that stay in the mouth for a long period of time subject teeth to an increased risk for tooth decay. The longer the sweet stays in contact with your teeth, the worst it is for your teeth!
Avoid Sticky Situations
Sticky candies cling to your teeth. The stickier candies, like taffy and gummy bears, take longer to get washed away by saliva, increasing the risk for tooth decay.
Have a Plan
It’s tempting to keep that candy around, but your teeth will thank you if you limit your access. A good strategy is to pick your favorite and donate the rest. There are organizations that help you donate candy to troops overseas, like Operation Gratitude. This can be a win-win for all in your family!
Drink More Water
Drinking fluoridated water can help prevent tooth decay. If you choose bottled water, look for kinds that are fluoridated.
Maintain a Healthy Diet
Your body is like a complex machine. The foods you choose as fuel and how often you "fill up" affect your general health and that of your teeth and gums.Follow the above recommendations to avoid dental issues this Halloween. The main thing is to enjoy the time with your family this Halloween and help everyone maintain a healthy smile for life!
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