Halloween is around the corner, which means piles of free candy for children and adults alike. Eating too much sugar can lead to tooth decay, but there are ways to help prevent it while enjoying your favorite sweets. Faculty and students from Brightwood College’s Dental Assistant program know a thing or two about oral hygiene, and have compiled their favorite tips from the American Dental Association.
Check out these five tips for keeping your teeth healthy during Halloween and throughout the holiday season.
Choose your candy with care.
Taffy, gummy bears, caramels, chews and other sticky and hard candies linger on your teeth and gums, which can contribute to tooth decay.
Eat candy and other sweets after meals.
When you eat matters as much as what you eat. Eating sugary foods after a meal is better than snacking throughout the day when it comes to preventing oral health problems.
Drink a lot of water.
Consuming water with fluoride keeps your mouth clean and free of bacteria and food debris. It’s also calorie-free!
Brush your teeth twice a day.
No matter what time of year it is, maintaining good dental health requires you to brush twice a day for two minutes with fluoride toothpaste.
Clean between your teeth to get rid of plaque and food particles that can get trapped between teeth and around your gums. Keeping these areas clean helps prevent cavities.