Oct 10th, 2021
It is that time of the year when stores are setting out treats and costumes, so it’s a guarantee you’re already thinking about the mountains of candy that come with true start of the Halloween season. Protecting your teeth during this time of year is critical, so here are a few tips and tricks to prepare you and your family for Candypalooza 2014.
This is something you may already do multiple times during the day. If you don’t, you really should. Brushing your teeth after consuming gooey and sticky foods and candy will help cut down on the build up that hides on your gums during the day. The trick is to wait 30 minutes after eating that candy to brush. The acidity from the candy can soften your enamel and if you don’t allow adequate time, you may find yourself brushing your enamel away.
Flossing your teeth after eating those delicious chocolate bars will get the remaining candy out of those places your brush can’t reach. This will help prevent gum disease and gingivitis.
Grab that mouthwash and swish a rinse. It will add to that freshly brushed sensation and move build up right out.
Give out fruits and veggies instead of candy!
While it might not seem as much fun to hand out fruit instead of candy, it’s infinitely better for the little trick-or-treaters tromping around your neighborhood hoarding the sugary stuff. Buying pre-packaged apple slices or carrots will run your costs a smidge higher but parents are certain to thank you for not adding to their child’s imminent sugar rush.
Your Columbus dentist wants your smile to sparkle this holiday season and adhering to the usual standards will surely keep you smiling.
Oct 1st, 2021
We understand, it’s Halloween, and you are surrounded by candy. You want to eat all the candy. But let’s try to keep our health and smiles in mind when we go digging into those pumpkin baskets for the sugar and the chocolate. To have your cake and eat it too, it’s best to pace yourself and skip over some of the worst options.
Dark Chocolate – Chocolate does contain a lot of sugar but many studies show that the antioxidants in dark chocolate are actually good for the heart and may lower blood pressure. As long as you’re eating it in moderation.
Sugar-free Lollipops and hard candies – These yummy snacks actually stimulate saliva which prevents dry mouth. Dry mouth allows plaque to build up which can lead to an increased risk of cavities.
Sugar-free gum – In addition to increasing saliva, gum can dislodge food particles from teeth which can help prevent cavities.
Sugary Snacks – Halloween favorites like candy corn contain a huge amount of sugar which leads to tooth decay.
Chewy Sweets – Gummy candies are delicious but the remains gets stuck in your teeth and are a serious source of tooth decay.
Sticky Sweets – Dried fruits may seem like a healthy choice to hand out for Halloween but as with chewy sweets, these fruits stick to your teeth and make it very hard for saliva to wash remains away. Fresh fruits are the way to go if you’re going with the alternative route.
Sour Candies – Did you guess this one? Sour candies tend to be on the most overlooked candies on the danger list. These candies have high levels of acid which can break down tooth enamel very quickly. That immediate response your mouth has to produce a lot of saliva is a good thing – saliva restores the natural balance of acid in your mouth.
This Halloween, remember that moderation is key. Enjoy those sweets but make sure you’re taking good care of your teeth all year. Schedule your cleaning appointment with Easton Dentist in Columbus today and we’ll make sure you stay on track.
Oct 31st, 2016
Halloween is here, this means fun time for the kids. They will eat lots of candy and probably stockpile sweets for the winter. This is perfectly normal behavior for kids. The only problem is that sweets and candy may not translate to healthy teeth and a bright smile. Now we cannot ban candy during the Halloween because we want to enforce strict standards of dental hygiene. However, we can give the kids tips on dental care so that candy will not lead to cavities. Below are some smart ways to ensure that our kids maintain Healthy Halloween.
Communicate with the kids
Children are not magicians so they cannot know what they have not been taught. Parents should explain the connection between sweets and cavities to the kids. Just teach the kids to brush their teeth immediately after eating candies and they will get the message.
Limit the sweets
After trick or treat night, limit how much candy your children consume for the night. Why?
- Sugary Snacks – Halloween favorites like candy corn contain a huge amount of sugar which leads to tooth decay.
- Chewy Sweets – Gummy candies are delicious but the remains get stuck in teeth and are a serious source of tooth decay.
- Sticky Sweets – Dried fruits may seem like a healthy choice to hand out for Halloween but as with chewy sweets, these fruits stick to your teeth and make it very hard for saliva to wash remains away. Fresh fruits are the way to go if you’re going with the alternative route.
- Sour Candy – This may come as little surprise to you, however sour candy contain acid which erodes tooth enamel and helps foster tooth decay.
Show them a video or invite your dentist over
A picture is worth a thousand words and a movie is more effective than a lecture. Show the kids an interesting movie on proper dental care because this will make the right impression on them. In fact, this is a smart move because it will make Halloween a wonderful experience for the kids.
This is the perfect time to invite your family dentist to give an informal lecture to the kids. Make this a part of the Halloween festivities and it will have the right impact. Your family dentist or his representative should lecture the kids on proper dental hygiene, effective brushing techniques and flossing the teeth. For best results, the dental expert should join the kids in eating candy.
Healthy dental habits will keep kids’ teeth in great shape for years to come and will make dentist trips quick and painless.
This Halloween, remember that moderation is key. Enjoy those sweets but make sure you’re taking good care of your teeth all year. Schedule your cleaning appointment with Easton Dentist today and we’ll make sure you stay on track. The Dental Center is here for regular checkups and any emergencies that may arise. Contact us today to schedule an appointment for everyone in the family.