Halloween is so much fun with candy, costumes, and trick-or-treating! What is not so fun is the cracked or decayed tooth that can occur from eating too many sweet treats. But don’t worry, your dentist in Fairfax has some helpful tips on how to have a happy Halloween without compromising your family’s oral health.
Consider Donating Candy
Plan ahead and think about having every member of the family choose a couple of pieces of their favorite candies, and then donate the rest.
There are a few ways to donate candy. Contact your children’s dentist in Fairfax and ask them if they offer a candy take-back program. There are also other organizations that send candy overseas to military troops.
Choose Your Treats Wisely
Did you know that certain candies cause more damage to your teeth than others? Some of the worst culprits are:
- Sticky candies: Because they cling to your teeth and stay around longer than they should.
- Hard candies: These present a double edged sword because biting them can cause a crack or fracture; however, sucking on them gives sugar a longer opportunity to decay your teeth.
- Sour candy: This is another double whammy for your teeth because it is both sugary and acidic.
Chocolate is your best bet. Choose dark chocolate since it has even less sugar than milk chocolate.
Drink More Water
Water keeps you hydrated, while also helping to eliminate extra food and candy particles that tend to hang around in your mouth after eating meals or candy.
Eat Candy With Meals
Don’t snack on candy throughout the day. Instead, eat your treats with meals. Your mouth produces the most saliva while you’re eating, which helps to clear it of excess food and candy particles.
No Candy Before Bed
Don’t forget to brush your teeth before bed, even after a late night of trick-or-treating, and don’t eat any candy after that. Sleeping with sugar on your teeth increases your risk for developing tooth decay and cavities.
Stick to Your Normal Hygiene Routine
Did you know that it is actually possible to get cavities in between your teeth? This is true especially when you’re eating sticky candies.
Be diligent about brushing at least twice each day and flossing at least once. Keeping to your normal hygiene routine will help eliminate the bacteria, sugar, and acids from your mouth that cause decay and cavities.
If you have more questions, your dentist in Fairfax is happy to help your family stay safe and have a happy and fun Halloween.
About Fairfax Dental Esthetics
Dr. Sanae Berrada and Dr. Sandra Glikman utilize their talents to provide over 40 years of combined experience for patients in Fairfax, VA. Their high level of training allows them to provide a wide range of services so patients’ needs are met under one roof. Patients also love the comfortable and friendly atmosphere they find when they choose Fairfax Dental Esthetics as their dental home.
If you would like to contact our dentists, they can be reached by calling 703-279-3400 or through our website.