Dental Tricks and Treats Posted on October 28, 2016

Tricks and Treats

With Halloween and the December holidays coming up soon, it’s a good time to remind patients about how important it is to consider their diet and how it will affect their teeth. While everyone loves the sugary concoctions that accompany the fall and winter holidays, candy and sugar should be eaten (or drunk) infrequently to keep your teeth tartar-free. Dr. Semasko offers some Halloween dental tips that can also be used as advice during the Christmas holiday.

Why Should I Eat Less Sugar?

Sugar mixes with the bacteria in your mouth, causing a film called plaque to form on your teeth. Plaque can be brushed away (that’s one of the many reasons why you should brush and floss at least twice a day), but if it’s not, it can become tartar, a hard substance causing tooth decay that must be removed by your general dentist. Plaque also helps to create a certain kind of acid that eats away at your enamel, causing cavities, and can even lead to more serious dental health problems, including needing a root canal to save a severely damaged tooth.

Halloween Dental Tips

When you eat sugary foods or drink sweet sodas, keep these tips in mind:

  • Moderate Your Eating Habits. Yes, everyone loves candy during Halloween! It’s okay to have some, but you should limit it. There are plenty of places that will take your excess candy, including local dental offices, and give you something small in return.
  • Eat Mini Candy. Instead of an entire, large chocolate bar, limit your consumption (or your kids’ consumption) to just the small versions of these candies. Also, remind your children not to eat their candy until they get home from trick or treating. This is for safety as well as good dental health reasons!
  • Brush and Floss Right Away. You should try to eat candy and then brush your teeth right after. This will help clean your teeth immediately, before plaque can form, and it also prevents candy grazing, which is harder on your teeth. Don’t forget to use a fluoride rinse, too.

Endodontic Services in Cranberry

If you have questions about how to keep your teeth healthy during the holidays, call your general dentist or Endodontics in Cranberry dental services office. Dr. Semasko and his office staff are happy to help you.