Halloween is approaching and we all want to enjoy our sugary Halloween treats without damaging our oral health. Here we share some tips and tricks on how we can do this:
- Eat your sweets ALL AT ONCE.
This may not seem like the best advice you have been given when it comes to keeping your mouth healthy. But by eating the sugary sweets all at once your mouth will only receive one sugar attack, giving your saliva time to break down the sugar. Tooth Decay is caused by how frequently you eat sugar, not how much!
- Chew sugar-free chewing gum
Chewing sugar free chewing gum after sugary treats will neutralise their effects by promoting more saliva production, which is protective.
It is a good dental hack to reach for the sugar free chewing gum after a sugary food or drink, lowering your risk of tooth decay.
- Try and avoid sweets that need to be in the mouth for a long time
Try to avoid lollipops, for example, as they are usually enjoyed over a longer period in your mouth. This effectively is drip feeding your mouth with sugar and promotes an oral environment where bacteria can thrive!
- Add some fruits to the mix!
Fruit is nature’s candy. Fruit has intrinsic sugars which means they are less likely to cause decay of your teeth. Sweets and chocolates are essentially empty calories, whereas fruits are full of essential vitamins. This does not mean we should swap all our chocolate for apples, but rather just try to ensure some balance and promote good nutrition.
- Relax, it’s Halloween!
Knocking on strangers’ doors dressed as a monster and indulging in treats afterwards, this is what the Halloween is all about. It’s important not to take that away from tradition. Have fun this Halloween, indulge in some treats, and don’t feel too guilty about it. It’s only one day of the year.
Dental problems, including decay, are formed due to bad eating and cleaning habits over a long period of time. One day will not cause a massive difference.
Remember to brush your teeth before bed time, and then go back to the golden principles:
- Everything in moderation
- Brush your teeth twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste
- Use an interdental brush or floss once per day for all your teeth
- Visit your Dentist
- Make sensible dietary choices – avoiding sugary snacks between meals