Trick, Treat, or Cavity?
Halloween is just around the corner, which means lots of tempting candy.
Here are 9 ways you can keep your sweet tooth and oral-health in check for Halloween and year-round:
Time It Right – Eat Halloween candy with meals or shortly after mealtime. Saliva production increases during meals and helps cancel out acids produced by bacteria in your mouth and helps rinse away food particles.
Choose Candy Carefully – Avoid hard candy and other sweets that stay in your mouth for a long time.
Avoid Sticky Situations – Stickier candies, like taffy and gummy bears, take longer to get washed away by saliva, increasing the risk for tooth decay.
Drink More Water – Drinking fluoridated water can help prevent tooth decay.
Stay Away from Sugary Beverages – This includes soda, sports drinks, fruit juices, and flavored waters.
Chew Sugarless Gum – Chewing sugarless gum for 20 minutes after meals helps reduce tooth decay, because increased saliva flow helps wash out food and neutralize the acid produced by dental plaque bacteria.
Brush Twice A Day – Brush your teeth twice a day for at least two minutes.
Clean Between Your Teeth – Floss your teeth once a day.
Visit Gary Andreoletti, DDS – Regular visits to the dentist can help prevent problems from occurring and catch those that do occur early, when they are easy to “treat.”