October 18, 2018
HALLOWEEN IS ONE OFthe most highly anticipated holidays of the year, and it's almost here! This holiday sees kids, teens, and even adults consuming far more sugar than they would any other time, coming in second only to Easter. The problem with this is that sugar is the favorite food of the harmful bacteria living in our mouths, which means eating all these treats is very bad for our oral health.
Halloween Treats Versus Our TeethAny time we consume sugar, that bacteria in our mouths gets a big tasty meal, after which it excretes acid onto our teeth. If you've ever noticed an unpleasant sour taste or gritty feeling a little while after eating dessert, that's why. The acid can do a lot of damage to our tooth enamel becauseeven though enamel is the hardest substance in our entire bodies, it is very vulnerable to acid erosion.
Fight Back Against The Sugar AttackWe can, of course, do things to minimize the harmful effects of sugar on our teeth. If we eat small amounts of candy throughout the day, then we aren't giving our saliva time to neutralize the acids and wash away the sugar, soit's actually better for our teeth to eat all the candy we want in one go. Drinking water can help get rid of leftover sugars after eating a treat, and there are also other foods that work as natural cleaners and oral health boosters.Apples, bananas, vegetables, and even dark chocolatehelp scrub teeth clean and also supply important vitamins and minerals such as calcium, phosphorus, and vitamins C and D! Another essential component of the battle against enamel erosion isa good brushing and flossing habit. Just make sure to wait half an hour after eating candy to brush, so that your saliva has time to neutralize all that acid first.
5 Delicious, Healthy, And Spooky AlternativesJust because there are ways to minimize the effects of sugar on your teeth doesn't mean it isn't still better to choose healthier options for your spooky treats to begin with. Here are a few of our favorite options:
We Can Help You Protect Your Teeth!We hope every member of our practice family has a great Halloween filled with sweets and scares, but oral health should always be a priority. After you finish eating all your healthy treats and brushing and flossing your teeth, another great way to protect your teeth is to bring them in for their six-month checkup! We look forward to seeing you!
Wishing all our patients a happy Halloween!The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.