At Advanced Dentistry of Scarsdale, we are here to help our patients make educated choices for their oral hygiene. We know that there are certain times of year when it is hard to maintain healthy eating and oral health projects. Halloween is one of those times. There is so much candy around that it can be hard not to eat a lot of that candy. We get it! But, eating too much candy, and too many sweets in general, can lead to some bad oral hygiene habits. While you can enjoy some sweet snacks here and there, we do have some tips to help you maintain good oral hygiene habits during this sweet, spooky season.
Tips From Your Westchester Cosmetic Dentist
Here are our tips for having a healthy Halloween. These tips can also help you keep your kids with healthy oral hygiene habits. We know that getting kids to put away all that candy can be a challenge. But, these tips can make things a little easier.
Timing is Important
Your kids (or you because we have all been there) should eat the Halloween treats with meals or shortly after meals. Saliva production increases during meals which can help rinse away food particles.
Stay Away From Sweet Snacks as Much as Possible
When you’re snacking in-between meals, sugary snacks aren’t a great choice. Try to cut down on snacking on sweets to improve oral health.
Choose the Types of Treats You and Your Children Eat
Hard candies and other sweets that sit in your mouth for long periods of time can be harmful. The length of time a sugary sweet is in the mouth can contribute to tooth decay. A sugar-free candy is also a good option.
Avoid Sticky Candies and Sweets
Candies like taffy and gummies can stick to teeth and take longer to wash away which can lead to higher risk of tooth decay.
Drink More Water
Drinking more water can prevent tooth decay.
Maintain Healthy Brushing and Flossing Habits
Stay up on your and your family’s brushing and flossing habits is important at all times of the year. These daily habits make a big difference in dental hygiene.
Visit Your Westchester Cosmetic Dentist
It’s important to maintain regular check-ups, exams, and cleanings for you and your family during Halloween as well as all through the year. Come visit your Westchester Cosmetic Dentist to get a cleaning or exam.
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Schedule an appointment at Advanced Dentistry of Scarsdale for a cleaning or for more helpful tips. We are happy to help!