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.