How To Keep Your Teeth Healthy This Halloween
It is hard to believe that Halloween is right around the corner! If you celebrate this spooky holiday, you are likely already attending parties and getting ready for the big day. One aspect of this Halloween that always gives us a fright is the large amount of candy available. We want to share some helpful tips to avoid any dental problems or emergencies this Halloween:
Clean Teeth Thoroughly
Patients should brush their teeth for a minimum of two minutes twice a day. Most cavities form when sugary or sticky candy is left on the teeth for too long and the enamel wears away, leaving decay to develop. Brushing thoroughly can help prevent this problem. We would love for patients to brush after each meal, whenever possible. It is also important for patients to floss at least once a day, preferably at the end of the day.
Drink Plenty of Water
Each time you eat, we recommend drinking water to wash away any lingering food and bacteria. This is especially helpful if you are not able to brush your teeth after eating.
Remove the Temptation
If you have a sweet tooth, it can be tempting to eat any candy you have in your house from trick-or-treating. We suggest removing the temptation from your home. There is no need to throw out the candy, as there are many charities that accept candy to donate to the troops or to those less fortunate. You can also give out fun alternatives to your trick-or-treaters, such as Play-Doh, stickers, pencils, or other non-food items.
If you have not had a hygiene examination and cleaning within the past six months, we recommend scheduling an appointment. Your oral health is important, and routine care is necessary to ensure there are no concerns that can lead to a dental emergency. If you are looking to schedule an appointment, be sure to contact our office, which is located in Bozeman, MT.
As a friendly reminder, we suggest contacting us as soon as possible to schedule an appointment. We won’t have many appointments remaining as the new year approaches. Patients are looking to use the remainder of their dental insurance before it renews at the start of 2024. We look forward to hearing from you soon!