It won’t be long now. They may be showing up in your neighborhood, at your doorstep, even inside your house!
Ghosts, ghouls, goblins, and more creatures will be looking for candy … and there’s a decent chance, you’ll have a lot of sweets a lot of the place that you’ll be in the weeks before and after Halloween.
We want you to enjoy the festivities, including a few sweets, but we want you and your kids to remain cavity-free, too. As part of our family dentistry, we are sharing a few tips that can help you avoid tooth decay.
We also hope you will visit us soon to tell us about your Halloween fun. Call 256-801-0002 now to plan your next appointment at the office of Jennifer Perkins, DDS, in Huntsville, AL.
Be Prepared, Not Scared
If you have a sweet tooth, then you understand the temptation of a big bowl filled with candy. It’s so easy to take one or two pieces … and then one or two more … and then maybe a few more. Before you know it, you’ve got a bit of a tummy ache, and you’ve eaten more candy than you should have.
We want to help you enjoy your sweets but without too much of a risk of cavities. A little planning in advance can help you and your kids keep your cravings under control.
One of the first things you can do is decide before you collect any candy how much your family will keep. Having a plan to donate some candy can make this easier. For example, you could give to Operation Gratitude, which sends care packages to military members serving overseas. For something closer to home, you can use the candy to make goodie bags for people in your life.
While you are having that conversation, also talk to your kids about setting limits on how much candy is appropriate at one time. When you agree on the limits together, it can be easier to follow them as a family.
Drink It In
Regardless of the time of year, you also should remember to maintain good oral health habits.
One small thing that can help is eating sweets after a meal. At that point, your mouth is already producing saliva, which helps to rinse sugary candy particles from your teeth. Plus, you are less likely to overdo the sweets if your belly is full from a meal, too.
Drinking water when you eat candy (or other sweet treats) also can assist in rinsing away candy particles. Water also helps you to feel satisfied faster, so you reduce your risk of overeating.
Proper Care Is Still Important
Last but not least, you should continue to follow a good oral hygiene routine. You probably already know what that means. Brush your teeth twice per day with fluoride toothpaste. Floss to clean between your teeth every day.