4 Tips for Halloween Smile Safety
While Halloween is on Wednesday, there are still plenty of Halloween activities in Kansas City, MO, this weekend. With all the Halloween fun, costumes, trick-or-treating, and candy around, it can be hard to prioritize your smile’s health and safety. To help you keep your smile’s well-being at the forefront of your mind, we have a four tips for smile safety this Halloween.
#1: Routine Is Important
Parties, events, and finding the right costume can all take a lot of time. By the time you or your kids get home from a night of trick-or-treating, the first thought is probably get the costume off and go to sleep. Even when extra sleepy, it is important to clean your smile before going to sleep. Brushing teeth at night helps ensure any built-up bacteria from the day does not get a chance to multiply and harm your teeth and gums.
#2: Treats in Moderation
To moderate treats, it is important to considerate not only the amount of treats, but the types. For example, sticky treats like a candy apple or taffy can cause sugar to stick in your smile long after you expect. Candy and sweets that dissolve quickly are a better choice. Overall, try to balance out the Halloween treats with healthy nutritious meals and snacks.
3: Rinse With Water
Drinking water can help keep your body hydrated; it can also help rinse harmful bacteria from your teeth. Be sure to drink plenty of water throughout the day, especially when you are indulging in sugary treats and drinks. Your saliva is your body’s natural rinsing agent; you can help promote saliva production by drinking water or chewing sugarless gum.
#4: Watch Out for Falling
Costumes that make it challenging to walk, masks that make it hard to see, and dimly lit streets all create a perfect storm for tripping or falling down. Be mindful when you are walking around so that you can minimize your risk of falling and injuring your teeth or mouth.