Wishing A Happy & Healthy Halloween!
A Friendly Reminder for a Happy & Healthy Halloween
A child’s dream for Halloween is to get lots of candy —Why not use Halloween as a time to teach your children good oral health habits, for life! Here are some tips to keep your child’s smile healthy!
Time it Right—Eat Halloween candy (and other sugary foods) with meals or shortly after mealtime. Saliva production increases during meals and helps cancel out acids produced by bacteria in your mouth and helps rinse away food particles.
Choose Candy Carefully—Avoid hard candy and other sweets that stay in your mouth for a long time. The length of time candies, sugary foods stay in your mouth, play a role to an increased risk for tooth decay.
Avoid Sticky Situations – Sticky candies cling to your teeth, like taffy and gummy bears. Sticker candies take longer to get washed away by saliva, increasing the risk of tooth decay.
Drink More Water – Drinking fluoridated water can help prevent tooth decay. If you choose bottled water, look for kinds that are fluoridated.
Maintain a Healthy Diet – Your body is like a complex machine. The foods you choose as fuel and often you “fill up” affect your general health and that of your teeth and gums.
Stay Away from Sugary Beverages – This includes soda, sport drinks, and flavored waters.
Chew Sugarless Gum – Chewing Sugarless gum for 20 minutes after meals helps reduce tooth decay, because increased saliva flow helps wash out food and neutralize the acid produced by dental plaque bacteria.
Brush Twice a Day – Brush your teeth twice a day, and remember to replace your tooth brush every three to four months, or sooner if the bristles are frayed.
Clean Between Your Teeth – Floss your teeth once a day. Decay-causing bacteria get between teeth where toothbrush bristles can’t reach. Flossing helps remove plaque and food particles from between teeth and under the gum line.
Visit your Dentist – Regular visits to your dentist can help prevent problems from occurring as well as catch those that do occur early, when they are easy to “treat”.
For more information you can visit the ADA website at www.mouthhealthy.org