Halloween is an almost magical time of year in Livingston, New Jersey. It ushers in the holiday season, but lacks some of the pressures that come with Thanksgiving and the December holidays. With Halloween, there are time-honored traditions to enjoy, like carving pumpkins, selecting the perfect costume, and plotting a path to the best candy in the neighborhood. What we don’t want to become a time-honored tradition, however, is tooth decay. This Halloween, we offer you the following tips to keep your family’s teeth healthy:
- Keep sour candies to a minimum. They are more acidic than other candies and can weaken tooth enamel. After you enjoy a sour treat, drink some water to flush out the acids and sugars then wait a bit before brushing and flossing.
- Resist the temptation to bite! We know it’s tempting to bite into that Tootsie Pop so you can get to the chocolate, but don’t. Same goes with semi-hard treats like Now and Laters. Biting these treats can harm dental work and potentially chip or crack your teeth.
- Eat candy after a meal. If you indulge on a full stomach, it’s likely that you’ll eat less. And no matter what you tell yourself, that Snickers and Baby Ruth may contain peanuts, but having a smidge of protein doesn’t make them a meal.
- Stick to the chocolate. Because it melts as you chew, chocolate is easier on your teeth than pretty much any other candy. If you stick to dark chocolate, you’ll receive the added benefit of immune-boosting antioxidants.
- Take a break from the candy. If you nosh all day long, your teeth never get a break from the sugar. Eat a few pieces in one sitting, then brush your teeth and step away from the candy for a bit.
- Don’t forget to brush and floss. This routine is always important, but when you have sugar sitting on your teeth, you’re inviting decay. Make sure you stick to your usual dental health regimen during all of the candy eating holidays.
We hope you and your family have a happy Halloween! Candy-related emergency or not, The Miller Center for Esthetic Excellence is here to keep your teeth strong and healthy. Contact our office today to schedule an appointment.