Halloween is a spooky, fun-filled time of the year, with ghoulish costumes, spooktacular treats, and decorations galore. While it’s time for enjoyment with family and friends, it can be pretty scary for your smile. Our team at Highrise Dental is here to help you and your family enjoy healthy smiles this Halloween and all year long!
Tips to Ensure Halloween Isn’t Scary for Your Smile
Here are some tips to enjoy the Halloween festivities while minimizing damage to your smile:
Choose Your Treats Wisely: If you want to indulge in a sweet treat, think twice before choosing sticky, sugary candies that cling to your teeth, providing harmful oral bacteria the perfect environment to flourish. Instead, opt for dark chocolate, which contains less sugar and is quick to melt, posing less of a threat to your oral health.
Time Your Treats: The best time to indulge in sweet Halloween treats is during or after a meal. That’s because saliva production increases when you eat, which helps clean your teeth and neutralize acids. Resist snacking all day because the longer your teeth are exposed to sugar, the worse the damage to your smile.
Avoid Hard Candies: Chewing on hard candies is one of the leading causes of tooth chips and fractures, so steer clear of these varieties to safeguard your smile. The last thing you want to do is spend your Halloween seeking emergency dental care.
Practice Good Oral Hygiene: Don’t forget to stick to your regular dental hygiene routine, even during the fall festivities. Brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss daily. Make sure your kids do the same. Avoid brushing right after having an acidic treat, which can soften your tooth enamel. Instead, rinse your mouth well and brush your teeth after about 30 minutes.
Stay Hydrated: Drinking plenty of water can help wash away sugar and debris, reducing the risk of tooth decay and gum disease. Choose a ghoulish refillable water bottle for every member of your family, and do your smiles a favor by staying hydrated.
Support a Good Cause: If you are left with loads of Halloween candy, select your favorite treats and donate the rest. Many non-profit organizations will be more than happy to accept leftover candy to support their missions.
Preventive Dental Care Near Me in Phoenix, AZ
If you haven’t been to a dentist in some time, we invite you to contact Highrise Dental to schedule a dental exam and cleanings. We are pleased to offer comprehensive preventive services to lower the risk of dental disease this Halloween and all year long. You can always count on Dr. Perno and his team for outstanding care and service!