Halloween is the one of the most loved holidays. A celebration of fall and all things spooky, it includes beloved traditions like pumpkin carving, haunted houses, and trick-or-treat. Halloween also coincides with many cultures’ and religions’ celebrations of remembering the dead. Over the years, this has evolved to include the spooky and fun holiday we know today. Amongst all of these celebrations are the notorious fun-sized candies. While their size can help limit how much you consume, sometimes they can be just too tempting. Here are some tips on how to keep yourself and your smile happy and healthy throughout this spooky (and sugary) season.Four Tips How to Keep Your “Sweet-Tooth” Healthy during Halloween:
Chocolate Rocks!– Say yes to chocolates! …in moderation. Even though many chocolates contain a lot of sugars, there are healthier chocolates available to choose from. As a general rule, the darker the chocolate, the healthier it will be. Dark chocolates tend to have a higher cocoa content, and are packed with anti-oxidants, iron, potassium, and calcium –a lot of health benefits in one chocolate bar! It also has the benefit of being easily washed away, so it is easier to keep your teeth clean and prevent cavities.
Stevia Candy – Find Ways to Kick the Sugar, Keep the Candy– Believe it or not, there are healthier candies you can choose during Halloween. Many candies are able to use less sugars or natural sugar substitutes to create healthier alternatives. Some of these substitutes are even good for your teeth! For more information on sugar alternatives, see our related post on xylitol here.
Sticky Candy – Toss it Out!– While delicious, sticky and gummy candies have a negative effect on your teeth. As they are sticky in nature, they often get stuck in between the teeth are they are not easily washed away. Cavity-causing bacteria love to feast on these sticky and sugary particles in the mouth. The longer it gets stuck in between the teeth, the higher the chance is that a cavity will develop. Cavities thrive in sugary and acidic environment, and these candies have provide both. If you do have these candies, be sure to rinse your mouth out as soon as possible, and take care to remove these stubborn sticky pieces from your mouth!
Keep it Clean!- As tempting as it may be, don't skip brushing and flossing - this is a dental no-no! Make this a habit, not only during Halloween but also year-round. Taking the time to brush twice a day and floss every evening can help prevent cavities and emergency dental visits, and promote healthier teeth and gums.