At Clark Family Dental, we know that Halloween is a fun time of year full of tricks and treats. As your New Albany dentist, we are particularly concerned about the “treats” part of Halloween. We know that everyone deserves to have some treats sometimes. But, all those sweets and treats hanging around can be tempting, and this can lead to some oral hygiene consequences if you aren’t careful. We can help you keep your oral hygiene, and the oral hygiene of your kids, in tip-top shape during Halloween.
This guide of tips and tricks from our staff at Clark Family Dental can help you enjoy the sweets that are around while still making sure your family maintain healthy mouths and bright smiles.
Here are our suggestions:
1: Use good brushing and flossing habits to keep the treat damage at bay
Brushing your teeth helps prevent tooth decay. After eating candy or sweets, brush and floss your teeth. This can help keep the bacteria away and mitigate some of the damage caused by sugary candies and sweets.
2: Make a plan for you and your family.
Deciding ahead of time how many treats to let your kids eat is a good way to keep them from ingesting too much. There isn’t one way to do this, but you could decide to have your kids only eat a few pieces of candy a day, or something along those lines.
3: Eat candy and sweets with your meals.
Saliva production increases during meals. This helps wash away harmful bacteria that can cause cavities and tooth decay. If you and your family eat treats around the same time that you eat meals, it can reduce the risk of tooth decay.
4: Plan on eating healthier snacks when you get an urge to eat more treats.
We all can have a sweet tooth sometimes, but, if you make a plan ahead of time, you can have an alternative in place. We’re not saying you can never have some of that Halloween candy, but, sometimes, another option is a good idea.
Schedule an Appointment
After this season of treats and spooks is over, it’s a good time to schedule an appointment with Clark Family Dental for a check-up. We can schedule an exam or cleaning at a time that works with your schedule. We are always happy to help give more ideas on how to help your family maintain good oral hygiene as the holiday season approaches.