My favorite holiday is approaching and it’s also the biggest candy holiday of the year — Halloween. And we’re not kids anymore. As much as we would love for patients to choose healthier options for Halloween treats, it is inevitable that they will choose to eat the candy and sweets. So instead of waiting for the dentist to scold us about cavities the next time we sit in the chair, let’s be a bit more proactive about the sweet stuff and its effects on our mouth. I think we all admit, we usually don’t hold back when the office candy bowl comes out around this time of year, but maybe instead of six Snickers fun-size bars, we’ll have three. As for Skittles, Starburst, and Sweet Tarts — we’ll try our best to just eat half the pack. Sounds like a good start, right? WRONG!
When enjoying Halloween candy, try to avoid the gooey or chewy ones that can linger on teeth after eating. And after eating candy, try to brush or rinse your mouth with water to remove any leftover sugar in the mouth. Perhaps chew some xylitol formulated gum to activate your saliva. The bacteria in the mouth can attack your teeth up to 20 minutes after consumption, which can lead to tooth decay, so it is important to remove it as soon as possible. And finally, after the holiday, try to get rid of any leftovers. Consuming candy once every day can really affect the health of your teeth and increase the amount of attention they need to be cleaned.
While we don’t want to dampen my favorite holiday, we don’t want to rub salt into the sweet wounds of Halloween. If we can be of assistance give us a Holler-ween call.
Novy Scheinfeld, DDS, PC
290 Carpenter Drive, 200A
Atlanta, GA 30328
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