Keeping Teeth Clean During Halloween

Family in pupkin patchIt can be difficult to keep your teeth healthy during the Halloween season. Our homes, schools, stores, and workplaces are all going to be inundated with candy, and we can only be expected to abstain from all this candy so much!

Chances are that Halloween is your dentist’s least favorite holiday, mostly because it’s almost completely centered on candy. However, there are a few ways that you can keep your dental health intact even during the most sugary time of the year. Your dentist will thank you!

Healthy Halloween Oral Hygiene Habits

  • Choose Your Candy Wisely – The best thing you can do is to avoid sticky candies that can leave sugar particles on your teeth for a longer period of time. It’s also a good idea to stay away from sour candies, which contain quite a bit of acid and can weaken enamel.
  • Wash Away The Sugar – When you’re consuming more sugar, you should be brushing, flossing, or rinsing your mouth with water much more often throughout the day. It’s especially important to brush around the gum line where sugar has been known to build up.
  • Keep a Balanced Diet – When your family is consuming more candy, it’s especially important to make sure the rest of your meals are well balanced. Limit sugary fruit drinks, sodas, and desserts.
  • Know The Best & Worst Treats – It’s important for you to know the best and worst candies for your teeth:
    • Best Candies – The best candies for your oral health include chocolate, which washes away easily, meaning the sugar won’t linger on the teeth. We also recommend sugar-free gum, as it helps to increase saliva production. This saliva will help wash away any additional sugar and debris.
    • Worst Candies – The worst candies for your teeth are hard candies, sticky candies, and sour or acidic candies. We recommend staying away from these options this Halloween.

Here at Lockett Orthodontics, we want to wish all of our patients a healthy and happy Halloween! Please be sure to schedule your next appointment at our Colorado Springs, CO orthodontics office.

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