October marks the beginning of the sweet treat triad of holidays: Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. This month, kick the season off right with a healthy Halloween. Here are some practical tips for how to keep your teeth healthy.
- Be picky about the candy you eat
Candies that stay in the mouth for an extended period, like suckers, should be avoided. The amount of time a sugary sweet is in your mouth contributes to tooth decay.
- Say no to sticky sweets
Sticky candy like taffy or gummy candies will stick to your teeth and take longer to wash away. The remnants will enhance your risk of tooth decay.
- Eat healthy
If you are eating a diet rich in whole foods, fiber, and protein you will feel more satiated and less hungry. This is particularly important during Halloween when there’s candy at every corner vying for your attention. If you are eating the right vitamins and nutrients, your body is less likely to crave sweets and candies that only provide empty calories. Consider partnering with a friend this season to help each other stay on track and eat the right foods. If you are eating right most of the time, don’t completely ban yourself from sweets and candies. Let your self-take the occasional splurge and enjoy it. As you eat less sugar overtime, you may find your desire to eat it lessens considerably.
- Make a plan
If you are the type to collect candy throughout October leading up to Halloween, consider only keeping your absolute favorites. Donate or give away the rest. Some communities have local organizations that gift candy to troops overseas.
- Drink water
Drinking more water, particularly fluoridated water, will help shield your mouth against tooth decay.
- Keep a daily dental regimen
Brushing twice a day, followed by flossing and rinsing will do wonders to maintain a healthy smile. Opt for a soft-bristled toothbrush and consciously clean all surfaces of your teeth for a total of 2 minutes.
Visit your dentist
One of the best ways to guard against tooth decay this Halloween is to make sure you see your dentist twice a year for a dental cleaning. Call Agnini Family Dental to schedule your appointment today. You can reach our North Lakeland office at 863-682-1500. We wish you a Happy and Healthy Halloween!