5 Tips to Make Halloween Candy Less Scary to Your Teeth
Everyone’s favorite ghoul-ridden, candy-corn-crazed holiday is upon us, and perhaps no one is as terrified about the aftermath as your dentist! That’s because candy corn—along with the other various goodies your child (or you…hey, we don’t judge!) will receive in his or her candy bag this year is practically pure sugar.
And who loves sugar? The naturally occurring bacteria in your mouth certainly do. These sneaky buggers use sugar as energy to reproduce, stick to your teeth and turn into plaque over time.
So while your dentist will never be a cheerleader for eating sugar, no one wants to rain on your spooky good times! Here are 5 tips to make Halloween fun for everyone without ruining your pearly whites.
- Don’t eat too much sour candy. In addition to the sugars that will cause problems for your teeth, sour candy is acidic, which means it can dissolve tooth enamel much faster that other candies. How scary is that?!
- Rinse your mouth with water after eating. This is a quick and easy way to clear some of the bad residue out of your mouth before it can wreak too much havoc.
- Wait an hour after eating before brushing. While it may seem counterintuitive, resist the urge to brush immediately after having a piece of candy. Brushing too soon can rub the tiny bits of candy left in your mouth against your teeth’s enamel, increasing the damage to your teeth. Wait about an hour to let your mouth’s natural defenses get to work before you brush.
- Eat your candy after a well-balanced meal. Your body produces much more saliva over the course of a meal than it otherwise would when eating candy alone. This will help wash away more of the harmful food before it can get through your enamel.
- Have a piece of sugar-free gum. Chewing on sugar-free gum (Xylitol gum works best) confuses bacteria and produces more saliva, helping to wash away food particles and neutralize acid.
After it’s all said and done…brush and floss! After you’ve given your mouth a short amount of time to work on harmful food and bacteria, do your teeth a favor and get to work with the brush and floss. This should clear any remaining bugs and keep your oral health in tip-top shape!
You see, you can have your candy and eat it too! Simply take a few precautions and don’t overdo it, and your teeth will be as healthy as your Halloween candy is delicious.
Happy Halloween from everyone here at Smiles by Songstad!