Halloween is around the corner. Those bags of candy and easy access to all kinds of sweets is a pretty tempting holiday for adults as well as children. Here are ways everyone can stay mouth healthy during Halloween and every day.
Avoid sticky situations
The stickier candies, like taffy and gummy bears, take longer to get washed away by saliva. Keep in mind the “sour” candies like sour worms or sour-patch kids have an additional factor of extra acidity that demineralizes enamel twice a fast!
Chew gum that has the ADA seal
Instead of candy, consider gum. Studies show that chewing sugarless gum for 20 minutes after meals helps reduce tooth decay, because increased saliva flow helps wash out food and neutralize the acid produced by dental plaque bacteria.
Avoid beverages with added sugar
When teeth come in frequent contact with beverages that contain sugar, the risk of tooth decay is increased. Drinking optimally fluoridated water can help prevent tooth decay. If you choose bottled water, look for kinds that are fluoridated.
Think twice before picking hard candies
Besides how often you snack, the length of time sugary food is in your mouth plays a role in developing cavities. 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.
Try and eat candy with meals
We know candy can be hard to resist, especially after all the hard work of trick or treating for it! If you can, try and eat Halloween candy and other sugary foods with meals or shortly after mealtime. That’s because saliva production increases during meals and helps cancel out acids produced by bacteria in your mouth and helps rinse away food particles.
Brush twice a day
Brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes with an ADA-accepted fluoridated toothpaste. Remember, replace your toothbrush every three or four months, or sooner if the bristles are frayed. A worn toothbrush won’t do a good job of cleaning your teeth.
Clean between your teeth
Floss your teeth once a day. Decay-causing bacteria get between teeth where toothbrush bristles can’t reach. Flossing helps remove plaque and food particles from between the teeth and under the gum line.
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