Tips for a Healthy Halloween
Halloween is right around the corner! Do you have your costume ready? Have you figured out what you want to be and how it relates to your skin tone? Did you know that this is also a perfect time to think about your oral health, and Halloween isn’t just about giving candy to little children in costumes but thinking of how your teeth will look when you take off your mask?
It is essential to go for a check-up at least once every six months so that the dentist can examine your teeth and gums. This way, any problems can be fixed early on rather than waiting until there is an emergency. Plaque can contribute to gum disease and cause tooth decay. It contains bacteria that clings to the surface of your teeth. It causes cavities, bad breath, and tooth decay, but you can brush twice a day with fluoride toothpaste to prevent this buildup.
Tips and Tricks For a Healthy Halloween
Avoid Sugary Foods and Drinks
Sugary foods and drinks can lead to tooth decay, cavities, discoloration of your teeth due to the caramelized sugars found in candy corns, candies, baked goods, and other sugary foods. These foods also contain acids that waste away at your enamel, leaving grooves prone to trapping food particles that cause bacteria to form and create plaque buildup.
Drink Plenty of Water To Stay Hydrated
If you’re spending a lot of time in the sun or out in colder weather, stay hydrated by drinking lots of water throughout the day. Since this is a holiday where there are a lot of treats and snacks from your neighbors, it’s essential to keep your oral health in check by brushing your teeth after every meal just as you would on any other day.
Brush Your Teeth at Least Twice a Day
If you know you’ll be spending the night at a Halloween party, put your toothbrush in your purse or pocket so that you can brush after every meal.
Eat Fruits Instead
If you don’t have time to brush after supper, eat fruits with peels or skins. This is because the skin is tough to remove, and even if you do, there is still plenty of value in eating an apple. Water also helps wash away food particles that could promote cavities or plaque formation.
Rinse Your Mouth Out With Water After Eating Hard Candies
Hard candies or chewing gum could lead to cavities or tooth decay due to being chewed for a prolonged period. Be sure to rinse your mouth with water after eating any candy that contains sugar-based ingredients like sorbitol, xylitol, maltitol, fructose, dextrose, or mannitol which can be found in some gums, sweets, chocolates, baked goods, and frozen desserts.
A healthy mouth is one of the keys to health, so you must take some time to focus on your oral care during Halloween. The steps we’ve listed above can help ensure a happy and healthy Halloween for everyone in your family!
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