If the last thing you want to do is avoid candy this Halloween but you’re also very concerned about doing everything you can to maintain a smile that’s healthy, you have probably found yourself between a rock and a hard place. How to enjoy all the treats you have access to this year without feeling like you’re demolishing your oral health in the meantime? Great news: It’s not this black and white. Instead, we can offer you some fast facts that will help you navigate holiday territory, while doing what you can to sidestep potential risks!
Some Candy Is A Bit Safer
Don’t immediately assume everything you see that’s a Halloween treat is going to be equally terrible for your smile. Yes, sugar is always something that can lead to decay. However, the stuff that won’t crack a tooth or get stuck, coating your smile, is better. (Translation: Eat something that dissolves, while skipping stuff that’s too resistant to chewing or impossible to bite).
You Should Rinse With Water
Remember to rinse with water. Keep a glass of water on hand instead of soda, punch, or some other sugary drink. Then, you can protect your oral health by rinsing sugars from your smile immediately after eating them.
All Day Candy Snacking Is Dangerous
Eat some candy, rinse, brush, and get on with your day and your oral health will be just fine. Eat that candy all day long, while teeth remain vulnerable, bacteria feed on the sugars, and release acids onto your teeth and you’re setting your smile up for failure. Don’t graze on sugar!
Painful Sugar Eating Means It’s Time For Care
If biting into Halloween candy hurts, it’s time to see us about your oral health. You may have a cavity!
See Our Team For Halloween Related Smile Concerns
Whether you have questions about your oral health and this holiday or if you think something may be wrong with your teeth and gums, come see us. To learn more, or to schedule an appointment, call Creekside Family Dental Care in Columbia, TN, today at (931) 388–3384.