Halloween can be frightfully fun. It can also be delicious with all of the candy and treats around. However, with all of these treats comes a lot of sugar. Dr. Dipika Shah, DDS wants to let her patients in the Holmdel, NJ area know some tips and tricks for balancing Halloween fun with healthy teeth.
All of that sugar should be combated with routine brushing and flossing and drinking water. Brushing should be done two to three times per day. Limit eating candies immediately after meal as desert and not as a snack.Also make sure to brush and floss once per day. If you know you will be eating a lot of sticky candies, aim to floss near the end of the day so that candy is not stuck between your teeth overnight.
Sticky foods like tootsie rolls and caramel apples can be detrimental to braces. Steer clear of these foods to avoid getting them stuck in your brackets. Really sticky candies or even hard candies can even cause a bracket to pop off. In addition to those with braces, those who have a dental crown or a recent filling should also beware of sticky foods.
Halloween is the time for tricks and treats but hopefully no emergency dental visits. To schedule a cleaning and examination with Dr. Dipika Shah, DDS, call our Holmdel, NJ office at (732) 264-8180 or visit our website, www.dentistnj.com.