Healthy Halloween Habits

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Halloween!  Or, as I like to call it, Job
Security Day.  It is
estimated that we eat
almost 3.5 pounds of candy on Halloween; that’s a lot of sugar!  I love sugar (many of my patients know that I
love a frozen Snickers), but it has the potential to damage your teeth.  Below are a few things you and your family
can do to enjoy the Halloween bounty and stay mouth healthy.

  • Eat more
      Hard candies prolong the amount of time the
    sugar stays in your mouth.  As it mixes
    with saliva, it is almost bathing your teeth in sugar.  Sticky and gummy candies increase risk of
    cavities by sticking to your teeth for a long time.  Sticky candies are also more difficult to wash
    away from the tooth surface.  Sour
    candies might be the worst type, though, as the added citric acid weakens tooth
    enamel.  However, chocolate is more
    easily washed away, so think of this as another benefit of eating chocolate
    (well, at least as compared to
    other candies).

  • Eat Halloween
    candy with or shortly after main meals.
    More saliva is produced when eating, so the increased salivary flow can
    help wash away the sugary treats.

  • Limit your intake.  Like almost everything else, sugary foods are
    best enjoyed in moderation.

  • Drink water after
    eating Halloween candy. 
    If you can’t
    easily get to a toothbrush and toothpaste, drinking water after eating can help
    wash away food particles.  It helps clean
    your mouth AND has no calories!

  • Brush and floss
    your teeth.
      Obviously, it is still important to brush and floss.

course, you can always ask me any questions you have about how your diet can
affect your teeth.  And if you want,
check out the American Dental Association’s tips on having a
.  Have a good Halloween and stay safe.  And don’t forget to brush and floss!