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5 Tricks to Keep Your Teeth From Looking Scary This Halloween

Halloween teeth tipsHalloween is just around the corner, and people everywhere are getting their costumes ready, decorating their homes, and, of course, stocking up on delicious candy and treats to hand out to all the trick-or-treaters. While kids nationwide are excited to get pillowcases full of free candy from their neighbors, parents (and candy lovers everywhere) will need to face the dangers that these seasonal treats pose to our oral health.

Enjoy Halloween and keep both your oral health and your kids’ mouths safe and healthy this year with these 5 tips!

Choose Your Candy Wisely – Some candies are more dangerous than others when it comes to protecting your teeth and gums. Avoid hard candy, sweets that are hard to chew, and treats that remain in your mouth for a long time. Unless it’s sugar-free, candy that stays in the mouth for a long time can spell an increased risk of tooth decay.

Avoid Sticky Candy – One of the worst culprits of tooth decay when it comes to candy is the kind that are sticky. Sticky treats like taffy, gummy bears, and even caramel can take longer time to get washed away by your saliva, which increases your chance of developing tooth decay.

Chew Some Gum – Did you know that chewing sugarless gum for 20 minutes after your meals can help reduce tooth decay? That’s because it helps increase the amount of saliva in your mouth, which will help wash out food particles and work as a neutralizer against bacteria and acid.

Drink More Water – Drinking more water, especially the type that is fluoridated, can help you prevent tooth decay as it helps wash away the particles and acids in your mouth. After you chow down on some candy, grab a glass of water and wash it all down to keep your teeth happy.

Brush and Floss After Eating – You should definitely be brushing your teeth at least twice a day and flossing every single day; however, if you needed to pick one day to be vigilant about your oral health, Halloween would be the day. Brush your teeth for at least 2 minutes each time, and take your time to floss your teeth properly. These actions will help you remove those pesky food particles and plaque from between your teeth and under your gum line.

Don’t forget to visit us twice a year for your bi-annual cleaning and check-up to keep your teeth from looking spooky! Call us today at (618) 288-9670 or visit us online at www.foleydentalgroup.com to request an appointment with us today.