Culver City Family Dentist gives Ten tips to keep your teeth safe at Halloween

Little werewolves and vampires prowling the streets, front lawns decorated with fake tombstones, the sounds of moaning ghosts and cackling witches in the night… These are the kinds of fun, harmless, silly scares we want to experience on Halloween. But there’s one very real Halloween fright that nobody wants to face: getting a mouth full of cavities from eating all that candy!

Candy is everywhere this time of year, and it’s hard to resist over-indulging. In this article, we’ll offer ten tips to get you through the season with a healthy smile.
1. Watch your sugar. Read the labels of your candy, and try to stick to candy with lower amounts of sugar. A single “fun-size” Twix, for instance, contains 15 grams of sugar, while three Tootsie Rolls contain just 9.5 grams of sugar.

2. Don’t keep a bowl of candy around the house. If you have a bowl of tempting treats sitting around for weeks leading up to Halloween, you’re probably going to eat a whole lot of extra candy this month. Keep the candy bagged up until Halloween night.

3. Drink plenty of water. A tall glass of water will help you feel full, so you’ll consume less candy. And drinking water after you eat candy will help cleanse your teeth.

4. Chew sugarless gum. Sugarless gum gives you a sweet treat, and it’s actually good for your teeth.

5. Don’t give out your favorite candy. Offer trick or treaters a candy you’re not crazy about, so if you have leftovers at the end of the night, you won’t be tempted to eat it all yourself.

6. Try to avoid sticky treats. Taffy, caramels, candy corn and jelly beans really stick to the teeth, and they can cause a lot of damage.

7. Don’t forget that Halloween is a one-night event. It’s one thing to indulge yourself on Halloween itself, but don’t use the season as an excuse to gulp down sugary treats for days, or weeks!

8. Rinse your mouth out after eating sugary snacks. If you’re eating a lot of candy on Halloween night, it’s not realistic to brush and floss after every single treat. But occasionally stopping to rinse your mouth with water can help wash away the sugar.

9. Eliminate sugary drinks. Many people don’t realize just how much sugar is in soda. You’re already getting plenty of sugar from candy, so try to avoid sugary drinks.

10. Be extra thorough about brushing and flossing. You can prevent a lot of damage to your teeth by taking extra care when you brush. Brush your teeth at least twice a day, and don’t forget to brush your gums and tongue too.

Dr. Natalie Khadavi
sees patients in the Los Angeles area. Visit our website or give us a call at (310) 482-3971 for more information about how we can provide you and your family with healthy smiles that last a lifetime.

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