Halloween is less than a week away, so it’s a good time to remind everyone about the ways to prevent cavities and tooth decay.
Sure, ghosts and monsters can be scary in a fun way on Halloween night, but cavities and tooth decay are something that dentists worry about year round.
We want your family to enjoy Halloween as much as you can, but we also want you to still be smiling long after the candy is gone.
Today, our team at Atlanta West Dentistry wants to provide some tips to help you enjoy your treats without tricking your teeth.
If you have any questions about dental health, always remember that you can contact our dentist office in you live in Marietta, Smyrna, or anywhere else nearby in our part of Georgia.
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry developed the “Mouth Monsters” as a way to call attention to oral health issues that children (and adults) may have to deal with if they don’t take care of the mouths.
Here are is a little bit about each of these monsters and ways you can keep them away.
◼︎ Tooth D.K. (tooth decay)
Tooth D.K. likes to stay as close to teeth as it can. Nothing encourages Tooth D.K. more than sugar, so sweet treats (like the ones you will get on Halloween) can be like an invitation to this Mouth Monster to hang around.
That’s why brushing your teeth twice per day is so important. When you brush, you should scrub your teeth for at least two minutes, and you should clean your teeth from every angle with a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste.
◼︎ Ginger Bite-Us (gingivitis)
Ginger Bite Us is a good friend of Tooth D.K. Ginger likes to use sugary treats as a reason to hang around, too. The difference is that Ginger can cause your gums to look red and swollen. Sometimes your gums even bleed because of Ginger Bite-Us.
To drive gingivitis away or to prevent it from visiting your mouth, you should remember to clean between your teeth and gums every day.
The most common way to do this is with dental floss, but that’s not the only way to clean between your teeth. You can also use flossers, which may be more convenient because of their handles, or water flossers which spray water between your teeth to remove food particles (including candy) that may be stuck.
◼︎ Tartar The Terrible
Tartar is often last Mouth Monster to show up in your mouth. Tartar comes to visits after you’ve had plaque, a sticky film that can form on your teeth. If they film isn’t cleaned, it can harden, and then, Tartar the Terrible is there.
Why is tartar so terrible? It’s because tartar is a bad guest.
It doesn’t leave easily, and it likes to mess up the places it visits, like your mouth.
Tartar the Terrible is someone you would rather not have visit. Instead, you can visit Atlanta West Dentistry for regular cleanings. By letting a dentist or hygienist clean your teeth, they will remove the plaque and the tartar that may have formed on your teeth.
Since you will have more candy in your home in the days after Halloween, it’s important to have a plan on how you can keep the Mouth Monsters away. Here are few suggestions from the AAPD:
➤ Set limits — Before you take your children trick-or-treating this Halloween, talk to them about setting a limit on how much candy to keep. When they get back, they can choose the candy they would like for themselves, and together you can find a place give away the rest of the candy.
➤ Sort the candy — Once you have the candy sort it by the worst (gummy and sour candies), OK (milk chocolate, pretzels, crackers), and the best (dark chocolate and sugar-free gum). As you and your children are deciding what candy to keep, remember that gummy candies are more likely to get stuck in teeth, and sour candies can hurt the enamel of your teeth.
➤ Drink water — When you do eat candy, don’t ever eat too much at one time. Drinking water while you eat candy can help remove particles from your mouth. Also, save some water to swish after you eat treats.
➤ Clean your teeth — It’s easier to remove candy from your mouth if you brush your teeth shortly after you enjoy your treats.
We look forward to seeing your family any time of the year. Call (770) 635-5336 or fill out our online form to make an appointment at our dentist office in Marietta, GA, for a cleaning and examination twice each year.
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