It’s Halloween time again, which means candy, cookies, and other sweets that can encourage tooth decay. While you needn’t abstain or even shy away from the goodies of the season, it is important for your oral health that you pay extra attention to your daily habits and make sure you are taking steps to protect your teeth from the damage excess sugar can cause.
So how can you protect your teeth this Halloween? By:
- Not biting hard candy
- Eating sugar wisely
- Brushing your teeth after every sugary snack
- Flossing both morning and night
If you have restorations you may wish to avoid chewy sweets such as taffy and caramel apples. These stickier treats can cause restorations to come loose and fall out.
If you notice any tooth sensitivity following sugar intake, you may have already developed cavities. Austin dentist Dr. John Schmid encourages you to come to our office for a cleaning and examination in these cases, helping ensure any decay is dealt with before more problematic issues arise. Ignoring tooth pain is never a good idea. It may be caused by infection or another serious oral health issue that will only progress if not treated.
Halloween is a fun time of year for children and adults alike, and one that is often best enjoyed with a little bit of candy. Protect your teeth with extra care to help ensure you can continue to enjoy this spooky holiday for years to come.