Are you trying to figure out what on earth you’re going to do this year? You’ve been doing a wonderful job with your oral health but Halloween is headed our way and with it comes lots of candy and other items packed with delicious sugar! Not to worry. We are your trusty team of dental professionals in Cleveland, TX and we are here to guide you!
When Candy Is Just A Must-Have
When you cannot imagine a Halloween without your beloved candy and sweets, we encourage you to enjoy yourself rather than feeling guilty! If you’re going to indulge, go ahead. Instead of worrying, just remember to take a proactive approach to eating your sweets in a way that potentially limits the negative oral health side effects that can come from lots of candy eating, such as tooth decay. Not sure what we mean by a thoughtful approach? Consider the very helpful following information our team has to offer:
- Don’t eat candy from the time you get up in the morning until you go to sleep at night. Choose isolated, dedicated “candy eating” times, so your smile only has to deal with short bursts of sugar. Long-term, all-day snacking is what can really get you into trouble because your teeth never have a break.
- Consider eating your dessert with your meal to limit the amount of sugar that remains on teeth.
- Drink water following your candy eating experiences to rinse your smile clean.
- Take time after rinsing (give yourself about 30 minutes first) to brush (and floss if you think it’s necessary).
- Try to avoid candy you think might end up harming your smile, such as highly sticky candies that can damage fillings, very hard treats that can break teeth, etc.
When You’re Open To Other Ideas
Are you all about celebrating Halloween but you don’t feel like you need to eat a bunch of sugar to do so? Remember, there are other ways to enjoy some yummy treats without loading up on sweets that can cause damage. Think about the following as potential ideas for some celebratory fun that’s not so bad for your oral health:
- Eat a savory dish that contains pumpkin, such as pumpkin soup. It happens to be good for you and your smile (it’s full of vitamins A and C and magnesium, too).
- Like a crunchy snack? Skip the pumpkin and eat the seeds instead! They are good for your teeth because like the rest of the pumpkin, they are packed with nutrients (including calcium, which you know is essential for strong bones and teeth!).
- Chow down on sweet potatoes or other orange-y foods packed with beta carotene!
Take Our Smile-Safe Halloween Tips To Heart
Ready for some help with getting through sugar-heavy holidays as you protect your oral health? We are here to assist you! Call our Cleveland Family Dentistry office in Cleveland, TX, today at (281) 592-1234. We proudly serve patients and their families from Cleveland, Kingwood, New Caney, Conroe, Livingston, Huffman, and all surrounding communities.