Pumpkins, skeletons, and…cavities? Indeed, Halloween is the most fun-filled and frightening time of the year!
And, of course, along with Halloween comes piles upon piles of delicious sweet treats.
As fun as Halloween is, it’s important to make sure you maintain good oral health as you enjoy the day. If you’re not careful, you could end up with a cavity or infection.
Don’t succumb to these fiendish frustrations — follow our dentistry tips to make sure you scream in laughter, not pain this Halloween.
Visit Your Dentist Often
First and foremost, it’s always wise to visit your dentist every few months for regular check-ups. Even if you have great brushing habits, dental cleanings can help stave off infections like gingivitis and keep your smile bright.
How often you should check in with your dentist depends on your oral health. If you’re experiencing pain, have cavities or gum disease, or struggle with a weak immune system, you’ll want to visit three to four times per year.
Brush After Every Snack
As you grew up, your parents likely told you to brush after every meal. But since Halloween brings a little indulgence, you’ll need to be extra diligent and brush more often.
Brush after every snack session for at least two minutes. That should be enough time to remove any sticky sugars stuck on your teeth and promote healthy gums.
To go the extra mile, finish your oral routine by using interdental brushes and rinse with an antiseptic mouthwash.
We aren’t suggesting you brush after every individual sweet. However, once you’re finished, for the time being, it’s a good idea to grab a brush and get to work.
Avoid Certain Sweets If You Have Braces
If you’re in the midst of teeth straightening, you might need to think twice before diving into that bag of sweets.
Treats like chewing gum, jawbreakers, and sweets with nougat or caramel can ruin your braces or aligner system. What’s worse, the sugar in these sweets may get stuck between your teeth without your knowledge.
These sugars break down your natural enamel, weakening your teeth and leaving you susceptible to oral disease.
Ration Out Your Sweets
We aren’t trying to keep you from enjoying your favourite Halloween treats. By all means, enjoy them!
However, you’d be wise to limit your daily sugar intake. The NHS suggests that adults should have no more than 30g of sugar per day.
For reference, the average full-size chocolate bar in the UK contains around 54.6g of sugar.
Take your time and enjoy those sweets. If you find yourself craving a sweet treat, opt for a healthier option like fresh fruit or nuts, which are full of natural sugars and proteins.
Keep Those Fangs Healthy with Our Dentistry Tips
There you have it, boys and ghouls, a few quick and easy dentistry tips that are sure to prevent any terrifying tooth pain. As always, be sure to reach out if you have any questions or to schedule your next appointment. Have a happy Halloween!