Cool temperatures are here and fall colors are changing which means that Halloween is right around the corner! It’s the one time of year where costumes are the required dress code and sugary treats are the acceptable snacks throughout the day. From the iconic Hersey’s chocolate bar to the fall-favorite caramel apple, there are countless fan-favorites when it comes to Halloween treats, but they come with sneaky tricks on our teeth. Enjoying sweet snacks doesn’t have to be completely off-limits, but let’s take a look at how we can protect our teeth during this sugary holiday.
Make a Candy Plan
Having a candy bowl on the kitchen table or office desk may make for fun decor, but it’s not the smartest move when it comes to helping protect your teeth. Having candy in an easy-access place can lead to snacking on it throughout the day. This can lead to a sugary residue sitting on your teeth for hours. Over time, this leads to tooth decay.
The best way to fight against tooth decay is by maintaining a routine brushing schedule. This means brushing twice a day for at least two minutes at a time. Remember, it’s equally important to have a good toothbrush while brushing. A toothbrush with frayed bristles is worn out and won’t do a proper job of cleaning your teeth.
Limit Sticky Situations
The stickier the candy, the more it clings to your teeth. Items such as taffy, caramel, and gummies take longer to be washed away by saliva which results in sugar staying on your teeth for longer. Limiting the amount of super-sticky treats can help lower the risk of plaque build-up.
Visit Your Dentist
As always with any tooth concerns, make a trip to your dentist! Dr. Drew and Crew is here to provide top-tier service to all your dental-related needs. Give us a call today!