The scariest part of Halloween is the damage all that candy does to your teeth! Spooky plaque feeds off sugar, allowing it to rapidly spread and take over your mouth. Plaque buildup can cause gum disease, bad breath, sensitive teeth, and even tooth decay. Remember, plaque build up is like a ghost! Permanent effects of plaque are not immediately noticeable, but over a lifetime can cause serious and complex dental health concerns.
Chevy Chase, MD Dentist Dr. Christopher Banks has some “tricks and treats” for you to moderate your sugar intake this Halloween. By making a few compromises and alterations, you can still have a spooktacular Halloween, and keep your smile healthy all winter long!
Pick Your Poison: If you can’t resist the ghoulish temptation of the candy, try to drink water instead of soda or sugary juice. Less sugar is always better, and the water will help flush out the sugar.
Plan Your Scare: Eat candy after a meal when saliva production is already increased, helping to move that plaque building sugar instead of lingering around in your mouth. Remember to rinse or brush your teeth after enjoying your sweet treat.
Trick with Treats: Make grapes eyeballs, and carrots zombie fingers! Turn healthy snacks into creepy treats! Always offer healthy alternatives at gatherings and parties, but dress them up for Halloween, kids won’t even realize they are eating healthy!
Avoid Braces Busters: Don’t let sticky and hard candies ruin all that hard work you put into straightening your teeth! If you or your kids have braces, make sure you steer clear of any taffy or sucking candies. Hard candies can get stuck and even break expensive braces. If you have any questions about what you can and can’t enjoy this holiday with your braces make sure to contact Dr. Banks.
Family dentist Dr. Banks also always recommends maintaining your healthy oral hygiene habits especially as the busy holiday season picks up. Brush and floss twice a day and make sure to come in for your regular dental cleanings and a comprehensive oral health screening. Schedule your appointment today!