Can you remember the childhood excitement of Halloween? The scary movies, the costumes, the haunted houses and most importantly, the candy! No doubt, the children in your family are just as excited this month about the impending festivities. However, as an adult you’re now aware of the potential health hazards of consuming too much sugar over the holiday. Assuage your fears by taking note of these five simple ways to make the holiday healthier for your entire family. You should also make sure that everyone in your family has had a dental check-up in the last six months. If they haven’t, you can make an appointment with the gentle and experienced dentists of Cosmetic and Family Dentistry today to protect their dental health this holiday season. Dr. Romack and Dr. Mulkey restore smiles daily throughout Weatherford, TX, Mineral Wells, Benbrook, Saginaw, Azle and White Settlement.
Family Dentistry Healthy Halloween Tips
- Wash it Away– Make it a habit to drink a glass of water or milk after eating sugary snacks. The liquid will help wash the bacteria and sugary residue from your teeth.
- Avoid Sticky and Hard Candy- Extra sticky treats like toffee or gummy bears and hard candy, that linger in your mouth will exacerbate the effects of sugar by offering a sustained food source to the cavity causing bacteria in your mouth.
- Chew Sugar-less Gum– Chewing sugar free gum can actually trap excess sugar and create more bacteria washing saliva. Sugar free gum also contains the cavity fighting ingredient Xylitol.
- Have Pre–Set Limits– Set expectations early for how much candy your family is allowed to consume on Halloween and the days following. If you have lots of leftover candy, consider donating it to a local food bank or charity to eliminate the temptation for over indulgence.
- Eat Treats on a Full Stomach-Make sure to have dinner before you and your family go trick-or-treating. You’re less likely to overdo the sugary snacks after you have eaten a full healthy dinner.
Remember that several days of excess sugar can wreak havoc on not only your teeth, but your entire body. It can also make any existing dental problems much worse. If your family isn’t up to date with their dental check-ups, make an appointment with the dentists at Cosmetic and Family Dentistry today to get them caught up. A dental check-up can protect their teeth from decay this Halloween. Dr. Romack and Dr. Mulkey proudly serve families throughout Weatherford, TX, Mineral Wells, Benbrook, Saginaw, Azle and White Settlement.