Halloween is a great time for kids, and for parents, it is a fun time as well. Halloween is also a time when kids eat a lot of sugar. This can cause cavities. However, by taking proper care of your teeth, you can help protect them from cavities.
If you’ve gone trick-or-treating in the past, then you know it can be easy to get carried away with the treats that wind up in your bucket. When playing dress-up or wearing masks and wigs, it’s easy to forget about your dental health. Here are a few tips to keep in mind when dressing up this Halloween:
Consider wearing a mouthguard: If you fall or are hit in the mouth during your costume run, your mouthguard will absorb the impact and prevent you from breaking a tooth. This is especially important if you have braces or a retainer on your teeth.
Brush after every meal and snack: While it might be tempting to skip brushing while out having fun, it’s important that you brush as soon as you’re done eating. This can help prevent bacteria build-up that can lead to cavities and other oral health issues. It also ensures that food doesn’t get caught between your teeth throughout the day.
Limit acidic foods and drinks: If you’re going to be snacking on Halloween candy throughout the night, be sure to limit the amount of acid you’re consuming. Acidic foods and beverages can erode the enamel of your teeth and lead to tooth decay over time.
Don’t forget to floss!: You likely already spend a few minutes flossing in the morning when you wake up and each night before you go to sleep, but oral hygiene is important throughout the entire day. Flossing after meals can ensure that any debris is removed from between the teeth. This can help prevent them from getting infected as well.
Visit your dentist twice a year: It is always a good idea to visit your dentist for a routine cleaning and exam every six months. These appointments give the dentist a chance to spot any potential problems before they turn into bigger problems. These exams can also be used to look for any signs of oral cancer.
By following these simple suggestions, you can continue to have a great smile for years to come.
With all of the candy, treats, and goodies that you’ll no doubt eat during the spooky holiday, it’s inevitable that something will go wrong. Whether you trip while trick or treating or fall face-first into a chocolate fountain, you’re bound to sustain some damage. If you do end up needing an emergency dentist appointment, call us immediately. Even if you think you only have minor damage to a tooth, you should still schedule an appointment to have it checked over by a dentist. You don’t want to risk developing an infection or other issues that could stem from a chipped or broken tooth.
We hope these tips help you enjoy a safe and happy Halloween this year! To learn more about the dental procedures offered by Osuna Dental Care, call us at (505) 884-1989 or visit our dental office located at 8400 Osuna Rd NE #5A Albuquerque, NM 87111.