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Trick or Treat! Some Important Halloween Tips To Keep Teeth Healthy

10/30/2015

It's October and time for Halloween! As this month draws to a close, various ghosts and goblins will roam the streets in search of... well, candy, mostly. While that in itself isn't all that scary, the risk of cavities can be a whole other matter.

Sure, there's nothing wrong with a few candy bars or those tasty little marshmallow pumpkins, but it's good to keep in mind a few important tips so that your little superheroes can enjoy their candy without increasing their dentist appointments.

Time Candy Out

While having a seemingly infinite mountain of candy in front of you is a delicious prospect, it's a good idea to space out the sweets. After mealtime for a dessert treat is a good option as saliva production increases during meals, and helps to cancel out bacteria produced acids and rinses away food particles.

Choose the Right Candy

That doesn't mean to just "choose your favorites", that means picking candy that is better for your teeth. Avoid candies that stay in your mouth for a long time, just as hard candy, or sticky candies that stick to your teeth such as gummy bears and taffy. These candies take longer to get washed away by saliva, and the longer sugary food remains in a person's mouth, the more increased of a risk for tooth decay.

Drink Water

Drinking fluoridated water can help to prevent tooth decay by washing away excess sugar from teeth. A nice glass of water helps to ensure that the effects of sugar are kept to a minimum.

To schedule an appointment with Cabrillo Family Dental Care, give us a call at (650) 359-1646 today for the best dental care services in Pacifica. In the meantime, Happy Halloween!