Halloween and Oral Health

Manhattan Dental’s Top Tips for a Healthy Mouth this Halloween

Now that Halloween is right around the corner, it seems that two things are on everyone’s minds: costumes and candy. When it comes to the latter, many of the clients we’ve spoken to are feeling a little uneasy about all that upcoming sugar consumption. We could easily sit here and tell you to avoid every Hershey’s Kiss or Swedish Fish you encounter, but the reality is, candy is delicious and this holiday only comes around once a year! At Manhattan Dental, Dr. Burger and staff believe that consistent oral health care is crucial for a healthy mouth, but let’s be realistic: come October 31st, all of us will be indulging in a few sweet treats here and there. We’re here to show you how to have your fun and still keep your teeth in pristine shape at the same time. 
Whether you’re a New York native and looking to make a stop at Dylan’s Candy Bar or you’re planning to dig into your kids’ loot when they come home from trick or treating, there are limitless options when it comes to Halloween sweets. While all candy is delicious, there are some treats that are a bit tougher on the teeth than others. If you have your heart set on caramels or lollipops, we have some recommendations for you that can make a world of difference. First, with caramels, make sure to rinse and floss afterwards to get all the sticky particles out of your teeth. With lollipops and other sucking candies, make sure to not keep the candy in the same part of your mouth for too long, because the direct contact between the candy and the tooth over a prolonged period of time can lead to cavities. 

Try rinsing with fluoride mouthwash to prevent plaque buildup from the candy and gingivitis too. You may also want to chew a piece of sugar-free gum after eating your treats, since the gum will generate saliva that helps neutralize acidity, wash out food, and lower your risk of tooth decay as well. On top of all these tips, your best bet in preventing cavities and other painful oral health issues is to visit our dental center twice a year, every six months or so. 

By following a few of our simple tips, you can have your candy and eat it too this Halloween! To learn more about oral health, teeth cleaning, cavity prevention and all the other services we offer, simply fill out this contact form and we will reach out in no time to answer all your questions. We hope you have fun celebrating this much-anticipated holiday while maintaining your beautiful smile at the same time!  

29 October 2015

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