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