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Dental Care Tips for Halloween

Dental Care Tips for Halloween

Halloween is a holiday filled with candy, sweet treats, and sugary beverages. While it’s okay to indulge in some sweet treats, it’s important to remember that Halloween treats aren’t meant to be consumed in large quantities. Even though you’re eating sweet treats, it’s imperative to brush and floss your teeth after consuming them.

Protect Your Teeth

Here are some things to consider to keep your teeth safe while you have fun this holiday.

  1. No sticky or chewy candy. Sticky and chewy candies like caramels and taffy can stick to teeth and cause cavities. These candies can also get stuck between teeth, causing damage to enamel. Hard candies can cause breaking a tooth from biting down on them too hard. If you’re unsure about a particular candy, ask your dentist for their recommendations to protect your teeth.
  2. Avoid hard candies entirely. The sugar in hard candies can break down the protective layer of your teeth and cause tooth decay over time. Additionally, some people may bite into hard candies too hard, which can damage teeth.
  3. Don’t chew ice. Chewing on ice can break the protective shell around your tooth and lead to painful sensitivity or even tooth loss.
  4. Brush and floss regularly. Regular brushing and flossing can help prevent tooth decay and gum disease.
  5. Use mouthwash. Mouthwash kills bacteria in your mouth that can cause bad breath and gum inflammation. It can also prevent plaque buildup on teeth and, left untreated, can lead to decay.
  6. Keep your smile bright and white. A bright, white smile can help others see you as healthy and attractive. To maintain your beautiful smile, be sure to brush twice a day and floss daily. Be sure to schedule regular checkups with your dentist as well.

Wear a Mouthguard

There’s a good reason that your dentist recommends you wear a mouthguard for any sport or recreational activity that involves physical contact, like football and hockey. Your dentist will also tell you to wear one if you wear braces to protect your mouth against damage. However, it can be beneficial to wear a mouthguard even if you’re not playing sports because wearing it can help prevent you from breaking any teeth during impact from things like eating hard candy or biting into an apple without removing the skin first.

If you don’t wear a mouthguard for these activities, you’re more likely to chip a tooth or crack a tooth when an impact occurs. Wearing a mouthguard will help absorb the impact and protect your teeth and jaw. This is especially important for children, who are more likely to experience injuries if they don’t wear a mouthguard while playing sports. Even if your children aren’t playing a sport, they can benefit from wearing a mouthguard when playing in a playground setting or being active in general, just in case something unexpected happens.

Mouthguards are especially recommended if you have braces on your teeth because they will help protect the sensitive parts of your cheeks from cuts and bruises from the brackets of your braces.

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