As we trick-or-treat from one house to another, picking up our favorite treats, we are also increasing our chances of developing our next dental cavity. Tooth decay is an inconvenient and painful condition that generally results from sugar and bacteria attacking your pearly whites. However, if you follow the provided instructions, you will be able to eat all of your favorite Halloween treats as well as fight tooth decay:
Clean your smile
Make sure you brush your teeth in the morning and at night, floss your smile at least once a day, and rinse your mouth with fluoride mouthwash daily, especially on Halloween. Keeping up with your oral hygiene routine will help you maintain a clean, strong, and healthy smile, even when you’re eating your Halloween candy.
Choose your candy carefully
It’s best to avoid eating candy that sticks to your smile for a long period of time, like Jolly Ranchers, suckers, and gob stoppers. These products tend to cling to the teeth, giving the sugar and bacteria in your mouth the chance to attack your smile and develop cavities.
Eat your candy at the right time
If you eat your candy during or after a meal, you will have a better chance at preventing tooth decay. This is because the saliva you produce while eating will wash away the harmful particles in your mouth.
Drink more water
Drinking water will help wash your mouth on a regular basis, eliminating the sugar particles that harm your smile. If possible, drink fluoridated water. This water will not only wash your teeth, but it will also strengthen them.
Chew sugarless gum
If you chew sugarless gum that has been approved by the American Dental Association, you will constantly wash your smile and remove the sugar molecules that are eating away at your teeth. The saliva produced while chewing will also wash away the debris that is unhealthy for your teeth.
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