We are in the middle of October, which means Halloween is only a few weeks away. The spooky holiday brings a lot of fun in the form of costumes and sweet treats. However, you need still need to be aware of dental hygiene during Halloween, especially when it comes to your child. The last thing you want is for your child to develop bad habits, or even a cavity, during Halloween. Luckily, there are a few simple dental care tips you can follow this Halloween.
Timing Is Everything
When it comes to focusing on your oral health this Halloween, you need to know when to indulge in candy and sweet treats. It is best that you eat your Halloween candy and other sweets when you eat a meal or shortly after. You produce an excess of saliva while you eat which helps to cancel bacteria acids and washes away food particles. Make sure you are not snacking on Halloween candy during the day, which increases your chances of developing a cavity. It is best to monitor your child’s candy consumption.
Be Selective With Candy
One of the most dental care tips to follow this Halloween is to be selective when choosing to candy to eat. You want to avoid candies that stay in your mouth for long periods of time, such as hard candies. You have an increased chance of developing tooth decay if you indulge in lollipops and suckers. You also want to avoid sticky, gummy candies that cling to your teeth because it is difficult for saliva to wash them away.
Brush and Floss
It is important that you are brushing and flossing your teeth after you finish eating candy and other sweets. You want to avoid the bacteria and plaque building up from an excess of Halloween candy. Make sure you are brushing and flossing at least twice a day.
Oral Care from Catonsville Dental Care
Whether you want to whiten your teeth, straighten your teeth or have a wisdom tooth extracted Catonsville Dental Care offers a wide variety of services when it comes to oral health. We have the experience and understanding to diagnose and treat any problem you have as quickly and painlessly as possible. With four dentists available at our office and commitment to comfort, safety and relaxation you can’t find a better provider for your health. We look forward to helping you keep your smile perfect all year long and talking with you about your needs. To schedule an appointment or consultation, visit us online or give us a call at 410-747-1115. For more tips and tricks follow us on Facebook, Flickr, Twitter, Google+ and YouTube.