Halloween is synonymous with costumes, pumpkin carving, and of course, sweet treats, which can sometimes put our oral health at risk. The abundance of sugary candies and indulgent delights during this time can pose a real challenge to maintaining a healthy smile. We wanted to review ways you can enjoy the holiday without harming your teeth.
- Indulge Mindfully
You don’t have to avoid sugar completely during Halloween. However, be cautious of your choices. Opt for candies that dissolve quickly in your mouth, like chocolate. Sticky or hard candies can linger on your teeth, increasing your risk of cavities. In addition, set limits on the amount of candy consumed each day and encourage your family to do the same.
Plus, it’s better to enjoy sugary treats with or shortly after a meal. Increased saliva production during meals helps to neutralize acids and rinse away food particles, minimizing the impact of sugar on your teeth.
- Stay Hydrated
Candy isn’t the only thing many people consume during the spooky festivities. Alcoholic beverages are often consumed by adults at parties. So, staying hydrated is important, whether you are consuming sweet treats or a glass of wine. Sip water after you enjoy sweets or a drink to wash away lingering sugar or to reduce the drying effects of alcohol.
- Enjoy Non-Edible Treats
If you plan on handing out candy to trick-or-treaters, you know too well the temptation to sneak a treat yourself. Help yourself and your neighborhood stay healthy by getting creative with your Halloween treats. Consider handing out non-edible items like stickers, small toys, or temporary tattoos. These can be just as exciting for trick-or-treaters, and they won’t harm their dental health – or yours.
- Focus on Nutritious Foods
Fruits and veggies like pumpkin, sweet potatoes, and apples are in season this time of year anyway. So, why not make the best of this healthy produce? Plan apple-picking or pumpkin patch trips and create nutritious recipes around your choices. For example, roast pumpkin seeds or make homemade apple sauce.
- Maintain Healthy Oral Care Habits
One of the best ways to avoid harming your teeth on Halloween is to keep up with good oral care routines. Floss between candy indulgences and make sure to brush twice daily. Also, if you haven’t had your checkup recently, schedule one post-trick-or-treating. We’ll make sure you and your family have a healthy smile in time for the next round of holiday festivities.
We hope these tips will help you enjoy Halloween without risking your oral health. Call Strong Roots Dental today at 551-244-6422 for an appointment in Jersey City and 201-992-8600 to visit our Hoboken office. You can also request an appointment online.