Be Sure to Follow These 4 Tips For a Healthy Halloween
Halloween is one of the most popular holidays in the Houston area. The holiday is a great time for people to have fun and enjoy themselves and it usually involves eating lots of candy. Whether it involves trick-or-treating or enjoying whatever candy you don’t end up giving out on Halloween night, you’ll enjoy plenty of sweets. Our dentists at Made Ya Smile Dental of Houston, TX understand this is an exciting holiday, but we also want you to keep your smile healthy and safe before your next dental exam.
There are many things you can do to keep your smile healthy and happy this Halloween season. Much of what you can do involves protecting your teeth and watching how you consume candy.
Be mindful of the candy you enjoy
When choosing whatever candy you’ll enjoy during the Halloween season, it’s important to understand what you are consuming and how it can be harmful to your teeth in larger amounts.
We recommend a few points:
- Avoid candies that stick in your mouth for a while, including lollipops and gum. Foods that stick in your mouth longer are more likely to cause tooth decay.
- Avoid sticky candies that take longer to wash away in your mouth.
- Look for sugar-free candies if possible, as they are safer on your teeth.
- Sugar-free gum always helps, as it triggers saliva production and keeps bacteria from sticking in your mouth.
Eat your candy at the right time
When eating Halloween candy, enjoy it shortly after eating a full meal. Your mouth’s saliva production will increase after eating a meal. The saliva can clear acids and rinse food particles, keeping candy from sticking around your mouth for too long.
Drink more water
One recommendation our dentists at Made Ya Smile encourage is to drink more water during the Halloween season. Water can clear out acids and sugars from whatever candies you enjoy. Water not only hydrates your body, but it can strengthen your teeth as well. Fluoridated water is ideal because it is a natural cavity fighter. Most local water supplies contain some fluoride which is endorsed by the American Dental Association.
Brush and floss regularly
Daily brushing and flossing are critical to ensuring your teeth stay healthy. These activities are especially important during the Halloween season. Brushing twice a day and flossing at least once each day will help clear plaque and bacteria around your mouth, including bacteria left over from candy.
We recommend brushing your teeth as soon as possible after eating candy. Brushing helps clear residue and particles from the candy before they stick to your teeth. Brushing is especially necessary if you’re enjoying something with lots of sugar or something that sticks too much.
Visit us today for a happy and healthy smile
Don’t forget to schedule a dental exam with us at Made Ya Smile Dental of Houston. Our team approach at Made Ya Smile will check how well your teeth look and clear build-ups around your teeth, preserving them for a healthy smile. Our full-service dental practice offers services for the entire family, plus we use the latest dental technology to help you attain a healthy smile.
Visit our website today to schedule a visit with us at Made Ya Smile. We have multiple locations throughout the Houston area to serve you.