Halloween is right around the corner which means cavity inducing candy galore. Even those with the best intentions find it hard to resist a little piece of their favorite candy. On Halloween, kids and adults will have their fair share of candy and unhealthy goodies. If eating Halloween candy is inevitable, how can you keep your teeth clean while indulging on Halloween treats?
Below are some tips:
- Eat a big, healthy meal first. Whether your kids are about to go trick-or-treating or you’re getting ready to go to a Halloween party, eat a nutritious, filling dinner beforehand. Just like shopping at the grocery store on an empty stomach will encourage you to buy more, snacking on Halloween candy throughout the night will be more tempting if you embark on an empty stomach.
- Eat a lot of your candy at once. Yes, stuffing your face with sugary candy and treats is better for your teeth than the prolonged snacking. Binge candy eating will fill you up and make it easier to clean your mouth afterwards.
- Rinse after eating candy and snacks. Brush your teeth and use mouthwash after eating candy. The cleaning will remove most of the plaque so that additional plaque from future snacks can’t pile up on it. If you’re at work and don’t have a toothbrush handy, take a sip of water and swish it around in your mouth before swallowing.
- Get rid of or hide leftover candy. If you have kids, keep the leftover candy out of reach and out of sight. Otherwise throw it away or donate it.
- Pack a couple pieces of candy in your lunch. Limiting your access to c=the candy and how much will keep you from being tempted to sneak in that “last one.” Tying candy with meals will also help you monitor the amount of candy your kids eat.
- Trade candy. If you have kids and know what their favorite candy is buy extra and trade them for candy that is not as good for their teeth.
- Avoid bad candy. Sticky, chewing, sour and overly-sugared candy cause the most harm to your teeth. Limiting the consumption of these candies will keep plaque from forming on and between your teeth.
- Eat good candy. To compensate for the reduced consumption of bad candy, eat more good candy. Yes, there is candy that is better for your health and teeth than others. Sugar-free gum, Lolli-pops and hard candy increase saliva production which is your mouth’s natural cleaner. Dark chocolate has been shown to help lower blood pressure. Gum also helps remove plaque and balance out the natural acids in your mouth as well.
Nobody wants a cavity, but no one wants to miss out on Halloween either. Having strong dental hygiene throughout the year and seeing your dentist regularly will make the Halloween candy splurge nothing to sweat about. To schedule an appointment or set up a teeth cleaning, contact us. We care about the health of your teeth and we also hope you enjoy your Halloween.