Sweet Tooth Tips for a Healthy Halloween

Cute toddler about to brush his teeth

Cute toddler about to brush his teethHalloween is just around the corner – which means a night filled with bags of sweets, especially for kids. When sugar builds up on their teeth, the combination of carbohydrates, acid, and saliva forms plaque. This is the culprit for tooth decay.

Decayed teeth ruin a smile and cause bad breath. Fortunately, there are treatments like fillings that Downtown Parker Dental says seals a small hole in the tooth that is produced by decay. Still, it’s better to prevent tooth decay from happening in the first place. This Halloween, follow these tips to keep yours and your children’s sweet tooth healthy:

Avoid Hard and Sticky Candies

Apart from the frequency of eating sweets, the length of time sugary food stays in your mouth plays a role in tooth decay. Sticky candies like gummy bears and taffy remain in your mouth longer and increase the likelihood of tooth decay.

Limit Candy Consumption

Trick or treating is hard work, so the kids deserve to reap their sweet rewards. But if you can, try to limit their consumption. It’s best to eat sweets after meals because chewing increases saliva production. This helps rinse away food particles so carbohydrates won’t stay long in the mouth.

Drink Fluoridated Water

Fluoridated water is the best beverage for maintaining oral health, according to the American Dental Association. Fluoride can keep teeth resistant to cavities, so it’s perfect for a bout of eating sweets.

Don’t Brush Right Away

You might think that brushing the teeth right after eating sweets is a good idea, but it isn’t. Doing this can damage the teeth because the acid from the food softens the tooth’s enamel. You’ll risk chipping away your enamel further if you brush your teeth right after eating, so it’s better to wait for about 30 minutes.

Despite the ghouls and “lost souls” that they say wander around on this night, the real scare on Halloween are the cavities resulting from all those sweets. That’s why it’s important to keep these tips in mind so you can enjoy Halloween’s treats while keeping your teeth healthy.