Warm sweaters, cooler weather, and a lot of candy. October brings about more than vibrant fall colors. For adults, comfort food returns in style. For kids, it’s candy. For anyone celebrating Halloween and every other monthly food observance, maintaining proper dental care cannot be overlooked, and the staff at Fisher Pointe Dental can help keep your teeth in good shape.
Sticky treats (such as taffy) and hardy candy (except sugar-free) are some of the biggest culprits for tooth decay. It’s best to limit your intake and take additional steps that help combat an increased risk for tooth issues. Chewing gum is one of the safest sweets out there, and drinking water while consuming candy will also dilute its harmful effects.
Don’t wait until after the treats are gone, though. Limiting candy intake and keeping up with proper brushing techniques will go a long way in preventing early cavities and other dental issues from popping up. Eating candy in close proximity to meals (or during) also aids in eliminating the damaging food particles, as your mouth’s saliva will assist in cancelling out the acidic acids, according to the American Dental Association.
Between the plans for what your kid should wear as he or she goes door-to-door for holiday treats, it’s important that you know how to protect your child’s teeth. At Fisher Pointe Dental, we offer comprehensive dental exams and oral hygiene tips that will help keep you and your child’s mouth healthy long after the Halloween sugar rush is over.
Children aren’t the only ones who need to take precautions; adults are equally vulnerable to tooth decay and gum issues. Sugar contributes to complex issues, and adults who haven’t taken care of their teeth in the past (or have a history of certain medical issues) are even more susceptible. Consider a visit with your Fisher Pointe Dental hygienist to check for any weaknesses and best hygiene practices, and opt for candy that will have a minimal effect on your mouth’s overall health.