Halloween Sweets and Your Teeth
Halloween brings lots of sweets whether young or older. Candy seems to be everywhere, even at work. It can be hard to resist your sweet tooth.
We all know that sugar isn’t good for our teeth, and it’s can be hard to resist. There are some things you can do to help prevent dreaded cavities from your Halloween sugar-fest.
Here is a list of some things you can do to help prevent cavities, and still allow yourself some candy indulgence.
Carry a Toothbrush
Keep a toothbrush with some toothpaste handy at all times. Buy an extra set and keep at your office or school locker. Or keep a set in your car or purse. Brushing your teeth is always the best idea to help prevent cavities. So after lunch, or afternoon treat, grab that toothbrush and brush away that sugary treat.
Not in the ideal location to brush your teeth? Try using a mouthwash. Mouthwash can remove some of the sugar and food by just rinsing. Grab a travel size mouthwash bottle and keep it in your car on the go.
Use a Straw
There are studies that indicate that using a straw can direct the sugary liquid away from your teeth and as such, reducing the amount of deadly sugar on your teeth. Many drinks can hide sugar in them, even if they are labeled “diet”, so stay sharp and pick up a re-usable straw.
Sugar Free Chewing Gum
Chewing sugar-free chewing gum is a great way to help remove food stuck in between your teeth after a meal or snack. Chewing gum also helps stimulate saliva flow which is a natural defense against tooth decay. Saliva helps remove the bacteria that causes cavities.
Cheese, nuts, and milk can all help to protect your enamel. These calcium rich snacks coat your teeth with phosphorus and calcium, helping to re-mineralize your teeth. Carry some nuts in your pocket or car and eat them on the go.
Enjoy Your Sweet Tooth
Taking some extra steps during the Halloween candy season can go along way to reducing your sweet tooth guilt and cavities. Do some extra brushing or rinsing a little more often then normal to get you through the season.
And just to be sure, call Angel Dental in El Monte to have your year-end preventative cleaning. Call us today to make an appointment – 626-444-2002