With Halloween just around the corner, for most children that means bags of candy! Halloween also presents parents with a variety of health and safety challenges.
Here’s how you can help your family stay Healthy on Halloween… and all year long.
Time It Right
Eat Halloween candy with meals or shortly after mealtime. Saliva production increases during meals and helps cancel out acids produced by bacteria in your mouth and rinse away the sugary food particles.
Choose Candy Carefully
Avoid hard candy and sweets that stay in your mouth for a long time. The length of time sugary food is in your mouth plays a role in tooth decay. Unless it’s sugar-free, candies that stay in the mouth for a long period of time subject teeth to an increased risk for tooth decay.
Avoid Sticky Situations
Sticky candy clings to your teeth. Candies such as taffy and gummy bears, take much longer to get washed away by saliva, increasing the risk for tooth decay.
Drink More Water
Drinking water can help you prevent tooth decay.
Stay Away from Sugary Beverages
When teeth come in frequent contact with beverages that contain sugar, the risk of tooth decay is increased.
Always Brush Twice a Day
Always brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes. Remember to replace your toothbrush every three months. A worn toothbrush won’t do a good job of cleaning your teeth.
Visit the Dentist
Regular visits to your dentist can help prevent problems from occurring and catch those that do occur early!